Yesterday afternoon we had a magnificent storm. Thunder, lightning, heavy rain, winds – the whole shebang. It was lovely after several weeks of relentless Summer heat. Which, normally, I don’t mind – me being a cold-blooded little fishy – but the storm was so cleansing and made everything, including my brain and spirit, seem fresh again.
I nearly cancelled my afternoon walk – I didn’t particularly want to get electrocuted and really couldn’t be bothered getting my raincoat and other wet-weather gear on. I decided to wait it out, make myself a cup of tea and see if the rain decreased enough for me to attempt some outdoor exercise. The rain slowed down and became just a light shower, and the winds calmed as well. There was less lightning too, so I decided to brave the elements and get moving. I’m so glad I did – the walk was just what I needed.
I encountered very few people out and about (wusses!) and, other than a few bedraggled cormorants, seagulls and magpies, I was able to have a peaceful, solitary walk. Bliss. The air was cool and fresh, and the light rain on my skin felt wonderful. I didn’t even care if my hair frizzed, for once. I didn’t bother with an umbrella or raincoat – I just walked in my usual gear, stepping gleefully into a few puddles as I went.
The sky was black and murky, but beautiful with impressive cloud formations. Flocks of birds twittered happily through the spattering of raindrops. Grumpy-looking cormorants dried themselves off on jetties and shorelines, their fat little bellies all fluffy and damp. I took photos and just breathed in the air.
Kinda wish every afternoon could be like that – it made exercise so enjoyable and less like a punishment ha ha. It definitely cleared the cobwebs out of my brain and made me feel good again, ready for the rest of the week.
Hope you are having some weather you enjoy or, at least, can find elements of it that make you feel happy and alive. I’m yet to find anything about cold weather that I really enjoy…but storms make me happy every time 🙂
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