by Kenneth Justice
~ What is up with our obsession with talking about the weather? Maybe I’m wrong, but I swear, it seems like 50% of all coffee house conversation is about the weather.
I’ve lived in the South and in the North and no matter where I live people talk about the weather; sometimes I feel like we are not far removed from the ancient human cultures that worshipped the sun and the four seasons. Hell, we talk about the weather so much we might as well worship it!
Does the weather affect your life much?
According to psychological studies; people who live in warm weather climates tend to have lower levels of depression than people who live in colder climates. Much of it comes down to sunshine; the sun has an effect on our psyche. Perhaps it has less to do with it being cold outside, and has more to do with whether or not its a cloudy day.
I’m not a big fan of being super cold. Is anyone? But this doesn’t mean I allow the cold weather to weigh me down. Part of the reason I enjoy getting up early, is because I have so many projects I’m constantly working on, and the only way I can get in my reading time is to wake up early. So for me, whether it is cold or warm, I try to keep focused on my goals.
Isn’t that what is most important; to have goals that we are trying to accomplish? For the majority of us, our daily vocation kinda blows. Most jobs are not as exciting as being a Secret Agent and battling Captain Evil. The typical job tends to be monotonous and repetitive. The average worker spends more time during their work day doing non-work related tasks than their actual job.
Whether you ski, take photographs, blog, have coffee or tea with friends, play an instrument, or fill-in-the-blank, it is those extra curricular activities that are the true spice of our lives, right? It is finding the things we enjoy that give us a greater sense of personal satisfaction that help to give us a sense of accomplishment.
It’s not that I hate talking about the weather, it’s simply my least favorite topic (right behind being yelled at by fundamentalists). What is there to really talk about regarding the weather; “It’s hot”, “It’s cold”, “It’s icy”, “It’s balmy”, and all of those observations lead me to wonder if we all have an inner desire to be a super hero called Captain Obvious, in order to make the most obvious comments imaginable yet feel that we are sharing something deep and profound.
Last week it was cold here in the Mid West, but out of seven days, we had 6 days of bright blue sunny skies. I loved every minute of it. At coffee though, worry wart coffee regulars were all complaining about the cold weather, and in a cheery voice I said, “Yea, but look how beautiful the sun and sky look!” Everyone looked at me like I was nuts.
Hey, I realize we’re all going to keep talking about the weather, its in our genes. But perhaps it might not be a bad idea to spend a little bit more time pursuing our passions once in a while. Hell, you may even enjoy it.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
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