This morning something weird happened. I looked out the window and saw blue sky and sunshine. This may not seem all that strange to you, but I was honestly shocked. You know that feeling when you wake up from a vivid dream and have no idea where you are. It was basically that except that I wasn’t dreaming … well at least I don’t think I was.
My morning shock and surprise led me to do some research. Apparently, Seattle has not had a day without rain since January 1st. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Seattle hasn’t had a sunny day (30% or less cloud cover throughout the day) since November 30th. That’s absolutely insane!
Rain isn’t something that I grew up with in Colorado. The few times a year it did rain, it didn’t last for more than 15 to 20 minutes. It absolutely poured for those 15 to 20 minutes, but you could pretty much count on waiting out the rain until it stopped. The first time it rained during my freshman year of college (in Washington), I remember suggesting to my friends that we just wait it out in the student center. They promptly asked if I had a sleeping bag with me.
Throughout the day, I’ve been reflecting on my surprise to see the sun. I used to be someone who was surprised to see rain. It’s all too easy, however, to be lulled to sleep by the constant rhythm of daily patterns. When it rains day after day after day, you begin to forget what the sun feels like. It’s easy to fall asleep and forget that the sun is something you enjoy and love. For me, today’s sun was a reminder to wake up to all of the other things in life that I have neglected, not because I have chosen to neglect them but simply because I have fallen asleep.
Time to wake up!