We’ve had some lovely weather recently – clear blue skies and bright warm sunshine (which mainly means I’ve been hiding behind curtains in dark glasses like a vampire but that’s totally beside the point).
Spring has well and truly sprung and there are buds and birds and blossoms everywhere: the world’s a beautiful place to be.
But all this growth and life needs more than just sunshine – it also needs clouds and wind and rain and all sorts of other weather systems that I don’t know anything about.
As lovely as blue sky and sunshine is, if it was all we ever had we’d end up living in a desert and that might not be so fun (I remember someone once saying there’s a reason the northwest is so green – it’s because it rains so much!).
One thing I love about living near Morecambe Bay is the glorious sunsets we get. But I’ve noticed that the best sunsets seem to be after the worst storms.
Perhaps it’s the same with life.
As much as we might want them to pass, the storms and rainclouds in life can be the things that teach us the most if we let them.
It might not be a pleasant process, but we need all seasons and all weathers to live and grow and learn and change.
So I’ll keep trying to do two things:
Fully appreciate the ‘blue sky and sunshine’ bits of life
Accept and embrace and learn from the ‘storms and cloudy skies’ – after all, sometimes they can be the bits that make the best sunsets
A recent Morecambe Bay sunset taken by my friend Phil Hendry