Have you ever heard the saying “When it’s rainy, look for rainbows”? Living in Seattle I’m fairly used to the rain, I can’t say that rainy days depress me, but rather sunny days make me overwhelmingly euphoric. Most cloudy days here don’t offer any rainbows, the days are dark and overcast. It is is fairly rare when a rainbow shines through.
My mom wanted to name me Rainbow Sunshine when I was born, I think this tells you whether or not she took the drugs or not (am I right?). I like to think this alternate “Jordyn identity” gives me a certain affinity with all things whimsical and light. Yesterday afternoon the power went out at work and my last appointment didn’t show up. Without much I was able to do I left early and was able to spend Sunday storm chasing with Jordan.
We immediately sped over to West Seattle to be by the ocean. Jordan just adores fresh ocean air and I couldn’t resist the idea of watching waves violently crash agains the sand. Since we brought our rain jackets we thought we could brave the wind and wander around beach drive. Wind whipped our hair, and rain quickly blew in sideways through the sleeves of Jordan’s oversized jacket I insisted on wearing. It was freezing but oh-so beautiful.
The waves were crashing violently, the wind pulling me away from the car, and the lighting was something out of a fairytale. Do you ever have those moments where you think “The world is so jaw droppingly beautiful, is this even real?“. With the skyline so dreamy and whimsical and my favorite boy sitting beside me I was, for a moment, overwhelmed with what I imagine a rainbow would feel like.
We shuffled back into the car ready to head to the grocery store and settle into our warm apartment for the evening. We turned the corner from beach drive to Alki beach and as if my feelings had manifested into reality, there was a rainbow. I was so happy I could jump for joy, and since I’m a bit of a spaz, I did.
Today’s forecast calls for showers and the sun lover in me can’t help but hope the skies will clear up and the sun will peak through just for a day or two. However, after a week filled with undue stress and over dramatic emotion, I am soaking up all the happiness around me. Without the rain we couldn’t have that rainbow feeling right?
What are you grateful for today? Was the weather just as crazy in your neighborhood this weekend?