We’ve been experiencing drought conditions here in California and I was delighted to hear the news of not one, but two winter storms heading our way. For three days, water poured from the sky in light drizzle and heavy downpours. In between the rain, there were moments of bright, blue skies and thick fog that hung low, hugging the mountains. It was perfect weather to stay in under a blanket with a good book and a fireplace roaring.
What is it about the rain that is so inspiring?
When the weather gets gloomy, the ideas seem to flow and the water acts like a baptism washing away the grit and grim of our day-to-day lives, leaving all landscapes, physical and mental, lush with new potential. We are cleansed and reborn with drops pouring from above.
Rainy days make for great photographs, intriguing stories, and cozy indoor moments. Sure, power may go out due to a storm and hydroplaning on the freeway is not my idea of fun, but to be able to listen to the melodious fall of a billion water droplets while sipping a warm beverage is worth the few inconveniences.
Plus, there’s often a rainbow to show for it.