The sun set at 4:43 yesterday. Four. Forty. Three. In the summertime at 4:43 you’re sunbathing in Central Park or on the beach. Here are 17 struggles all New Yorkers are facing now that the sun sets before 5pm:
1. You can’t leave work for at least another hour, but you’re falling asleep because it’s pitch black out.
2. The fluorescent lighting in your office feels particularly brutal.
3. If your boss asks you to stay later, there’s an increased probability that you will stab him.
4. When you finally leave work, going to the gym is just not worth it.
5. Actually you have no energy for anything in the evening, except watching Netflix.
6. Cooking is out of the question, so you’re ordering take-out every night.
7. So you’re broke.
8. Or maybe you’re so tired when you get home that you forget to eat dinner and just go straight to bed.
9. This cannot be healthy.
10. You can’t stay awake long enough to get out to the club at 11pm.
11. Even happy hour feels like a chore.
12. Early evening walks in Central Park make you feel like you’re going to be the victim in an episode of Law and Order.
13. Can’t take the shortcut home anymore. Nope. That sidestreet is way too sketchy when it’s dark.
14. If it’s raining you might as well not even bother going to work.
15. Should you leave the light on for yourself for when you get home?
16. You might be suffering from SAD.
17. And that gives everyone the sads.
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