August 24, 2011

here comes the sun... and the rain.

These past few days, the weather has been more than a little erratic: rain one second, a brief intermission of blazing hot sun, and then right into a wild thunderstorm for the record books.

And I try to be the sort of person whose mood isn't linked to the weather--I really do. But it's hard, you know? Sometimes it's hard not to let your environment affect you from the inside out. And this fitful weather, I must say, is just way too appropriate. 

One second, the sun peeks out from behind the clouds and I'm having to hold on to my chair to keep from jumping up and down and pumping my arms over my head: I'm that excited to move to California in 19 days. (You know, not that I'm counting.) The next second, though, the rain starts up, the lightning flashes across the skyline, and I think of how cozy I feel here in Chicago, how safe and familiar and comfortable it all is. How even in the most brutal sorts of weather (I'm looking at you, February Blizzard), I love this city in my bones.

This weather is probably more true-to-life than anything else--it's rare to find a day when you feel only sunny, or a day when melancholy is all you can muster. Most days are like this: wildly, beautifully unpredictable. Inconsistent and unstable and entirely contradictory.

Funny how exciting and difficult so often come hand-in-hand.

(Photo: My Flickr)

5 comments:

Jasmine said... [Reply to comment]

Today I attended a funeral and couldn't stop asking myself why the weather was so good! The sun was shining and it was an animal heat. I couldn't believe there were no clouds at all..
And suddenly I realized that if there was always bad weather on a beloved persons funeral, it would rain the whole day.

I'm sure it was the right decision to move to California. You can go back to Chicago whenever you want :)

missy. said... [Reply to comment]

so true

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

this picture is awesome, Laur.

Elizabeth and Kyle @ Love Is the Adventure said... [Reply to comment]

I am TOTALLY affected by the weather! The sun makes an appearance and I am a bubbly, giggly ball of energy. The sun goes away and I turn into an angry, crotchety, dispirited old woman. Lol.

Where are you moving in California??

siddathornton said... [Reply to comment]

i'm affected by the weather, too. but the difference is i LOVE rainy days! luckily we are getting rain storms here in louisiana today - it has been miserably hot & humid here for weeks on end.