The Weather Network has been calling for thunderstorms for the last few days in the area where I live. I am disappointed to say that not one has occurred, at least not yet.
Even as a young girl I loved thunderstorms. The darkening sky, the thunder crashing in the distance and gradually moving closer, and the lightning flashing across the heavens continue to give me delightful shivers. The wind also adds a sense of excitement to the thrill of a thunderstorm, its gusts and bursts bringing more rain as it pushes the clouds around like a bully in the sky.
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I’m not sure what it is exactly that I find so thrilling about thunderstorms. Over the years I have even purchased cassette tapes (now that’s dating me), CDs, and downloaded apps on my phone all to hear the sounds of a thunderstorm at a moment’s notice. While I find thunderstorms exciting, perhaps it is the unexpectedness of what might happen next, there is also something relaxing about the steady drum of the pounding rain and comforting about the rumbles in the sky. Perhaps it reminds me that even the world can have a bad day.
While some people become anxious at an impending thunderstorm, I anxiously anticipate them. I find the power of nature to be completely captivating. It’s also reassuring to know that nature can have a temper and ‘lose its cool’ at times too.
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Some days we may feel like a storm is brewing inside of us as well. We may feel like we desperately want/need to be thunderous and loud, exerting our opinions and giving a piece of our mind to anyone who will hear it. We may feel like lightning, flashing and lashing out at unsuspecting victims who don’t see us coming until it is too late. While as a thunderstorm we may leave a wake of wet destruction in our path, we may do so only because we feel a need to vent out our frustrations and the pressure and stress which we have in our lives.
Everyone has days where it seems like everything is bound to go wrong (or at least seem dangerously close to going wrong). (Heck, one might even say that I was having an afternoon like that today!) Frustrations rise, tempers flare, and before long we become a brewing mass of possible eruption waiting to ‘happen’ should that ‘one more thing’ occur. To react to things that are unfair, unprofessional, uncalled for, and even unjust is a natural human reaction, especially to those of us who have a strong sense of right and wrong and of justice. It is natural to defend and be loyal to our family and friends and to those who cannot stand up for themselves. Sometimes, in their defense, we may find ourselves having to stand up for what is right in a tumultuous kind of way.
Although we must stand up for what is right and just and true, for those of us with very strong opinions, convictions, and perhaps even tempestuous personalities, how do we prevent ourselves from becoming the dreaded storm that can potentially wreak havoc in the lives of others, yet still stand up for what we believe in?
I believe that it is extremely important to have people who we can vent things to so that we don’t become a complete thunderstorm to random people and in random situations in our lives, hurting others or own selves in ways in which we don’t intend to. We need to find people who we can trust, who know that in our storm we are not attacking them rather that we are only venting out a frustrating situation. We need to have those people in our lives that will be there for us through the storms and the calm, through the thick and the thin, through any kind of weather really. We don’t need fair-weather friends or people that are only friendly with us to benefit themselves somehow in return.
When we have those people in our lives, let’s call them our personal storm chasers, we realize that we can be ourselves, we can be who we really are and say how we are feeling, whether or not our behavior is always appealing or not. True friends walk in when the world walks out, even when the seas are stormy and the skies are raging. Real friendship is when someone is willing to ‘weather the storm’ for us, even when we are the storm ourselves.
It is also possible to be the storm of reason. We can stand up for what we believe in with loud crashes and booms of thunder as long as we are pointing out facts and not simply disrespecting others. We can provide the lightning flashes of reason to those who perhaps cannot see it for themselves. We may even be able to be the gusty wind of change which guides others to new ways of thinking to allow new perspectives to breeze in.
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While thunderstorms can be dangerous, they are also a great way for the atmosphere to release energy, whether that atmosphere is the Earth’s or our very own. Thunderstorms bring rain which recharges lakes, rivers, and groundwater and cleanses the air of pollution, much like when we are able to vent and cleanse our own thoughts through releasing negative energy and recharging ourselves allowing room for positive thoughts. Thunderstorms are also a primary cooling mechanism for Earth, just as when we “storm” and then afterwards we are able to “cool off” and refocus on all that is good in the world.
“I love thunderstorms. The hiss of the wind, the boom of the thunder, the lightning that lights up the sky. Why? Because of the chaos. Because sometimes in this boring, scheduled life, this waiting-for-Friday-night life that we all lead, we just need the world to remind us that not everything is perfect. Sometimes nature can’t handle the pressure. Sometimes the sky explodes.” (Author unknown)