I'll be the first to admit to you, along w/ many people, that the weather greatly affects my mood. I love the seasons and how they change. I do enjoy a bit of the cool, crisp fall and I love me a white Christmas. But on Dec. 26th? I'm finished with it. So the next few months are long, grey, and rather unexciting.
The past few days have been absolutely beautiful, though a bit windy for my liking. Still, I coveted them for so long and they're finally here. Days that are warm enough to wear basically whatever you want (yet I like to laugh at the people who eagerly break out their shorts and tanks so soon even though it's only 70 degrees--the flip flops, capris, and skirts are enough for me). Days where the sun shines, even if only for a few moments or a few hours, but it leaves a warmth and a joy behind that lasts longer than its light.
I love how I wake up in the morning and hear on WBNQ that the temperature is going to be 75 and it motivates me to get out of my bed. Work is so much more fun on a campus that is alive with people who are free to roam around outside and not be held back by a freezing, piercing wind and smoky gray skies for months. I love waking up and knowing that the sunshine isn't going to tease me into thinking it's warm out when it's really not. Now the sun will tell the truth. I love that I can spend my lunch hour and my evenings at the park reading or journaling or taking pictures or driving around w/ my music up and the windows down.
I love that I am much more enthusiastic and happy, even though I know it's temporal and based upon environmental circumstances, when it's warm. Everything is bright and cheery and yellow and pink and aqua blue. And right now, it's just the beginning, so I know there's so much more to come.
I'm happy because of the weather.
And that is why I also have considered moving somewhere where it's warmer year-round. That is why I searched monster.com and careerbuilder.com today for random jobs in Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Nashville today. I don't know where I'll be someday, but I sure hope it's somewhere warm.
At least I know right now, in this very moment, it's sunny outside and even the rain and the thunderstorm that's on its way won't change my mood. The sun has left its mark.