One of the things that the internet and speed at which information spreads has allowed is a more global discussion on weather. No, I’m not going in the direction of melting icebergs today, I’m talking about the hurricane that’s currently somewhere off of Florida. I tend to be more of someone who looks outside the window and guesses what the weather will be like that day, with of course a nod to what the calendar says and the season we’re in, typically looking in on the predicted weather once a week or so, unless there’s something specific going on that will be affected by the weather.
But like many other people I do check out the huge storms that develop, even if they’re not going to land anywhere near me. There’s something fascinating about a storm that big. Yes, it’s scary and terrible in terms of destruction, and you never want lives to be lost as a result of the storms, but there’s so much power that we don’t see in our lives on a regular basis that it’s really hard to ignore the news and not look into the progress and watch the videos and live streams and see the before and after pictures.
But even with all of our technology we’re still on the side of “it might not happen like that” when it comes to weather. This upcoming hurricane is a great example as it was predicted to hit Florida all along, but right now it looks like it’s going to travel up right off the coast and hit higher up in the US. Just last winter we were predicted to get maybe a few flurries and that storm ended up being one of the biggest of the season, causing tons of traffic accidents and issues. Sometimes they’ll predict rain and you won’t get any. The examples go on. I am OK when it’s not as serious as they’re predicting, but it’s frustrating when it’s way worse than what they predicted.
In some ways it’s good to have something so unpredictable with our very controlled lives. It’s also a good reminder that we certainly don’t know everything yet and really don’t have all that much control over our lives. It’s also a good reminder that we’re still so very dependent on and affected by mother nature and that she’s very independent of us and it’s wise of us to give her the respect she deserves. Sometimes the best thing we can do with our lives is to be patient, take it slow and be prepared.