I love rain. Probably a good thing because I live in northern England where we get quite a lot of it! I am currently watching and listending to a really heavy rainshower that has lasted pretty much all day on and off.
There is something about the sound of rain that is just so relaxing. I sleep with my bedroom window open quite often, and am occasionally woken by heavy rainfall, but I never really mind because the sound puts a smile on my face.
I don’t know specifically what it is about the sound, but whether it is rain falling on my patio outside my open window, or bouncing off the window at work like it is right now, or hitting the cover of a tent that I am in, I always welcome it.
This got me thinking about rain and it’s usual connotations in our language. It is quite common to say ‘into every life a little rain must fall’ which is usually interpreted as ‘everyone has a little sadness or difficulty’ which is true, but rain is never sadness to me. It is the opposite actually, if I am having a down day, and I can spend some time watching and listening to the rain, I always feel better, it’s almost magical in it’s ability to improve my mood.
So next time it’s raining cats and dogs, just take a little time to sit quietly and watch it bounce off the ground, or form puddles, or run off a car window. Listen to it, rain is one of natures great sounds the world over and has a power to heal the mind somehow.