Saturday, January 26, 2008

Rainy Days

Today is a cold, gray, rainy day at the beach. I've heard that there are people out there who genuinely love these days but I've never met them. I do know people who enjoy the activities associated with a rainy day. You know, dressing in sweats and snuggling under a warm blanket on the sofa watching some chic flick on TV. Now that, I could identify with. But why can't you do those things on a sunny day? I'll tell you why. Because you feel guilty about not being productive on a bright, sunny day. Why is that? It really makes no sense if you think about it. You'd feel the need to be up cleaning, or working around the house. But either way, you're inside so what difference does it make what the weather is outside? This is why I want to go into the practice of Psychology; to try to understand why we think the way we do and what drives us or motivates our actions. So back to my original question. Other than the reasons discussed, or the fact that we actually need rain in order to live here on this earth (watering plants, animals, etc.), who out there enjoys a rainy day simply because of the rain? If you do, I'd be very curious to know why and what about it is appealing? I've never seen gray listed as someone's favorite color and there are very few things I can think of that are more fun when its raining and even that is an objective opinion. So what is it that the majority of us need to do in order to make these rainy days more pleasant? Let's take a moment to focus on the positive. It does in fact, make it possible for us to live. Our fruits, vegetables and even meat is better when its been properly and naturally watered. For those who don't like to do it themselves, the rain can "clean" your car, deck, or anything else you leave out there. And, of course, it gives us that much needed excuse to do nothing. And last but certainly not least, have you ever tried the actual act of dancing in the rain? It may just change your outlook on a day like today!