While rainy days are gloomy (and often, here in Oregon) I always try to make the best of it. Now, granted I am no, happy-go-lucky individual who can smile like the sun comes out my ass all day long. There are things I truly hate about the rain. I hate getting soaking wet, and chilled to the bone when walking anywhere, and since I do not have full access to a car, this happens a lot. I hate the mud that flicks up from my shoes to the backs of my pants or the way the water soaks up the back until I am wet up to my mid-calf. And while umbrellas are meant to help keep the rain off, you ever notice how hard it is to control one when the wind starts blowing and water splashes in your face anyway? Not to mention the rain that runs down the back of said umbrella soaking your back pack and all the materials in it. But aside from all that, there are definitely things that are good about the rain.
1. It keeps Oregon green. We live in a state known for its greenery and forests. If we are to take pride in that and enjoy it, we are going to have to deal with living in a slightly wetter environment.
2. It makes us appreciate the sunshine. Ever notice when it’s sunny and hits anywhere above 60 degrees campus is crawling with people happy to be outdoors. Oregon does have its sunny days; the rain just makes them that much more special.
3. Less chance of seasonal depression. Living in the dorms, this was something I noticed among our residents from California. Since Oregon is rainy through much of the spring, these kids starting getting incredibly antsy and missed the sunshine terribly near the end of the year. Growing up with it spares most of us from such dramatic seasonal mood swings.
4. It’s a great way to help someone concentrate. You are not going to be heading outside anyways, so settle down into some work and make progress.
5. It can help you relax. Turn off the tv and the radio and you might be surprised how soothing the sound of rain on the roof can be. Curl up with a cup of hot cocoa or bake a batch of scrumptious cookies, and suddenly rainy days are not so bad after all.
I am sure other people have their own reasons for loving or loathing the rain, but hopefully this has also given some insight on things bigger than a bout of crummy weather. Many things in life have both their advantages and disadvantages. We just need to push through the bad and look for the good.