Here in the Mid-Atlantic we have been having a slow start to Spring. April was mostly chilly, rainy and cloudy with a few days here and there of sunshine and warmth. May is starting out much the same way. I have been waiting for a Spring that seems to be taking its sweet time in getting here, and feeling impatient over rainy weather.
After a cold, slushy Winter, I am always more than ready for some heat. Think of the first day of the year when you can walk outside comfortably in short sleeves, and the sun is strong in the sky. There is no feeling like it. A weight is lifted off of you as you imagine the pleasant weather to come in months ahead. Your stressful situations don’t seem that bad all of the sudden and all you want to do is sit around outside in the sunshine.
So when the rain comes where the sun should be, you get to feeling a little down. Rainy days just don’t seem as good. Gray, cool, misty, wet – and that’s not what you wanted. It’s no wonder we can all feel a little depressed when the sun has decided to take a day off.
But as you are thinking about all the things you didn’t get, you are missing out on the things you did. Rainy days don’t have the same pleasure as sunny days, they have their own.
Rainy days may not be vibrant, but they do provide a sense of calm and rest. Don’t rainy days make you want to slow down? A period of rest is important, and we even need a break from beautiful weather sometimes.
Also, as I walk around outside, I can’t help but notice how green everything is. With Spring well underway (even if it doesn’t know it!), the trees have their leaves back and most everything is in full bloom. Honestly, I would really like to enjoy these things in the sunshine, but I can’t deny that it’s the rain that has made them lush and vibrant.
If you are always comparing rainy days to sunny days you are going to be really disappointed. But if you can see the gifts that rainy days bring you can enjoy both for what they are.
The next time it rains when what you really wanted was sun, go out and get wet, you just might enjoy it.
What do you think about rainy days? Can you learn to love them? Or maybe you already have! Feel free to share your ideas in the comments.