I’m writing inside this morning after my early morning exploration in nature.
When I woke up just after 5, I heard driving rain against my bedroom window.
Immediately, I knew I had to get up and outside as soon as possible.
You see, as Autumn and Winter draw in, the weather will only get wilder, so I think it’s important I embrace it.
Earlier in the summer I was worried about how the dark, wet days would affect my mental health. This is my way of welcoming the change and searching out the positives – of which I’m sure there are many.
The Scandinavians have a saying which in Norwegian is,
‘ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær’.
Roughly translated into English it means,
‘not bad weather, just bad clothes’.
Perhaps it’s my Norwegian ancestry, but that saying speaks to me and I’ve taken it on board.
Not only is it a great approach to dressing appropriately, it’s an excellent metaphor for describing how we approach life in general.
To me, ‘bad weather’ represents the unavoidable challenges we face, the hardships and times of suffering.
‘Clothes’ therefore represent our individual way of dealing with those metaphorical elements.
If you wear a t-shirt in the rain you’re going to get wet.
For some people that feels liberating, for others it will ruin their day.
It’s all just a matter of perspective.
I think what I’m trying to say is that ‘bad weather’ and ‘bad clothes’ are whatever you decide them to be.
Once you understand that, you take control of your outlook on life.
Exploring this idea has cast my mind back to one of the lessons I learnt from my friend, the heron.
The reality is the weather is irrelevant.
All there is, is that which we can control and that which we can’t.
We can’t control the weather.
Some days it will rain, others the sun will shine.
All we can do is embrace the elements, dressed in whatever feels most comfortable, and keep striding purposefully into the unknown.