Has it rained every Tuesday this year? It seems like it.
I’m one of those people that pretends to be even keeled, but the weather, man… it gets to me. I wonder if this is fully science (a need for vitamin D, or whatev) or something we learn as we age.
I spent a good chunk of the day checking Dark Sky (likely my most used app #nerdalert), trying to do math (do I have enough time to get the baby out and into the running stroller, actually go running, factoring in route + speed/lack thereof, and make it back for preschool pickup before the next downpour?)… and mentally complaining. None of this was especially helpful.
We got home from school and made it 1/29th up the length of our driveway (such is the pace of life these days) when the skies opened. It was one of those rainstorms that’s over in seconds, but leaves you (and all the art projects you’re holding) soaked. You might be able to guess my immediate reaction (and if not: it was to silently swear), but you’ve already seen how Grace and Nick reacted.
With pure joy.
The weather can ruin your mood. It can ruin your day. It can foul up your plans. And it can foul up your I-look-chic-but-in-that-I-didn’t-try-kind-of-way outfit.
But it can also give you a puddle to jump in. It can entice worms from where ever they usually are (who knows), so you can closely inspect them. It can bring forth that inimitable spring rain on blacktop smell that makes me glad to live in the city. It sustains plants (and all the things that plants sustain… like people). And it can make my two babes laugh and squeal with utter delight.
But it’s not just the weather.
How many things weigh us down as adults, but with a simple shift in attitude, could be appreciated with the wonder and joy they might deserve?
Perhaps we can unlearn our gloomy grown-up attitudes. Or at the very least, get some cool raincoats and enjoy the storm a bit.
Also On Tap for Today:
- The psychological importance of wasting time from Quartz
- Swooning: 4 Ways to Make Your Table Look Like a Fairy Tale from Food52
- Treating myself to Instacart (…instead of dragging the whole crew to shop)
Are you walking around with a gloomy ‘tude or a sunny disposition today?