Okay, so by lunchtime today I’d had conversations with 3 different people about how much they dislike the rain: my partner, a lady at the hospital and the Sainsbury’s delivery driver…so I’m thinking to myself, instead of wasting all this energy grumbling about it, let’s shift perspective and embrace it!! Yes, really :-) The reality is, if you live in the UK it’s an unavoidable reality of day-to-day life. I personally have three different umbrellas, the kids have one each and there’s another one in the garage. So six umbrellas between a family of four is a sure indication that this is a rainy place (and that’s not even starting with the number of wellies we own!!) I am thus making it my personal mission to show you why rain is a good thing and why we should try and learn to love it but most importantly not to let its presence affect our mood…..
Okay, so here goes:
My reasons to love the rain
(aka – a lesson in seeing the glass as half full – rather than half empty – please feel free to add any more you can think of!)
1) It saves us a trip to the car wash – I am living proof of this having only taken my car to be cleaned once in the past year just before its MOT last month! (Today’s rain will no doubt wash away the imprint of my cats’ muddy paws from the front of my car…).
2) It waters our plants and trees and most importantly farmers’ crops, etc. and is thus life-giving.
3) It keeps our lawns looking nice and green (or in my case the parts of the lawn that have grass on it!!).
4) It cools down the Earth, thus lowering the temperature (which is a good thing on an environmental level!).
5) It’s the perfect excuse for digging out our ‘oh-too-brightly coloured’ wellies.
6) You get to showcase your new umbrella – for me this is my new clear dome-shaped brolly as inspired by my good friend Mary :-).
7) It gives us puddles to jump in and a welcome excuse to be child-like – or if we can’t bear to get wet/muddy at least the kids can enjoy a good splashabout.
8) It means we don’t have to make an excuse not to go out at the weekend if all we feel like doing is pottering about indoors.
9) Rainy days are great for going to the cinema or taking the kids to a museum or such-like.
10) It makes you really appreciate the sunshine when it finally arrives, thus inspiring you to get out and about and make the most of it.
11) It flushes the ground of accumulated toxins and waste.
12) Less risk of skin cancer.
13) It can be therapeutic to watch the rain trickling down the window or listen to the gentle pitter patter of raindrops (there’s a song in there somewhere ;-)) – although this obviously only applies if you are nice and warm inside somewhere.
14) We get to dress our children up in those super cute all-in-one outfits when they’re little or funky wellies and rain-macs when they’re older which makes for fab photo opportunities and thus memories.
15) We are grateful for it when there is a water shortage as rainfall refills our reservoirs which means we can use our hosepipes and sprinklers – hurrah.
16) Rainbows!! (okay you need the sun for this too- but without the rain…no rainbows…)
I hope you can find at least a couple of things from my list which resonate with you….I know it’s not always possible to feel positive about the rain and I’m sure there’s an even longer list as to why people dislike it BUT seeing as it’s here to stay let’s learn to love it…if only a little…sometimes….maybe….