It can be so miserable at times to live in England: the country in which it rains 99% of the time. Especially now as we’re approaching Autumn and the days are getting noticeably shorter, I find myself wondering every day, did we even have a Summer?!
Now if you work in an office like me, you probably would have noticed the huge impact that the weather has on people’s moods.
For example, on the rare occasion that it happens to be dry and sunny outside, you’ll find everyone strutting their stuff with massive smiles plastered across their faces. Donning the floweriest, brightest coloured dresses and shirts that they can find in their wardrobes; everybody is an absolute delight to work with on days like these! Chit-chat and small-talk suddenly become much more bearable, welcomed even, indeed it’s hard not to develop a spring in your step when the sun is shining…
And then you get the other 364 days of the year.
Whenever I happen to glance out of the window and see nothing but grey and rain pounding the glass (as it is right now) I can’t help but to be drawn to the most depressing types of music. Sitting there slumped in my chair, I blast the songs through my headphones to numb my pain. And looking around I notice that everyone in the vicinity is in a similar state of mind. Avoiding eye contact, typing menacingly away at their keyboards, wearing forlorn, drab expressions on their long, sulky faces. Small-talk at the water dispenser/kettle is rarely initiated or is entertained for no longer than five seconds. And the loudest sound that you’ll hear (apart from the rain) are the sounds of people sighing and dragging their feet up and down the stairs.
It’s so depressing. I find myself feeling like my dog just died… and I’ve never even had a pet!
That’s usually the point that I get to before I stop and issue myself with a much needed time-out. Time to evaluate the situation. Why exactly am I so miserable? What actually happened? NOTHING. That’s right, nothing at all.
I’m not actually upset or sad about anything, but it’s the damn weather that’s trying to convince me otherwise! And so I attempt to perk myself up. Nothing spectacular, just a nice frothy hot chocolate (not a big coffee fan) and a happy, upbeat music playlist that doesn’t consist of any Ed Sheeran, Adele or Sam Smith! And for the most part, that usually does the trick and I’m back to looking on the bright side again…phew!
English weather, I refuse to let you get me down! Plus I like the Winter any way, in fact I welcome the not-so-far-off days where I’ll get to dust off and don my big snuggly coats, scarves and hats… so bring it on, I’m ready for you. 😀