Today is the first day of summer and as usual I’m very excited. Summer is my favorite season for many reasons, including because of all of the fresh produce, longer daylight hours, and of course much warmer weather!! I also love all the fresh inspiration it provides to us because we’re able to go out and do lots of exploring of our world. Winter provides inspiration, but I don’t think it’s as varied, diverse, colorful and deep as summer or even spring and autumn. In summer we can go explore green mountains, drive through wide empty plains, see lots of animals out living their lives, watch the sun shine on the blue seas, get a little color on our skin, and of course take time to visit with extended family around the country and world.
But there’s something else that happens in the summer that doesn’t happen other times of the year or in other seasons except in locations that are warm or hot all year long, and that’s summer thunderstorms. Summer thunderstorms are different from thunderstorms that we have during other times of the year because they typically strike quick and hard and then move on their way and everything dries up and everyone can go back to their lives. That’s not to say that we don’t have days of rain or clouds in summer, because sometimes we do, but frequently the precipitation we have are these summer thunderstorms. And of course the power and beauty of the lightning and storms are part of the magic that is summer.
Where am I going with all this? Well, for one it’s another reason I love summer, but also because it’s a relief in a sea of challenges we’re facing right now. Looking at the weather and knowing that there’s going to be a thunderstorm isn’t the same concern or day wrecker that it would be during another time of the year. It means you just have to have a plan for where you can go to be dry for the short time when if/when it does storm. It doesn’t mean you have to cancel your plans, avoid having fun, avoid experiencing summer, not see people like you planned, or that the sun will be hidden for the whole day. Summer thunderstorms also often bring in a breath of fresh air and a little cooler temperatures that helps break up the heat and humidity that comes with summer.
So if you get a summer thunderstorm in the coming days I encourage you to take a moment to enjoy it and all the gifts it brings.