Love the outdoors
Summer is here and that's great! It encourages everyone to take to the outdoors.
But sometimes, especially in the UK, we're not so lucky with our summers and we're given rain and gloomy weather instead of sunshine and warmth. And when that happens people cower away inside. They stick the telly on, eat comfort food and watch the raindrops race down the windowpane.
But that's no good, we need to be out there whatever the weather, we need to be experiencing the great outdoors because it's good for our health, it's good for our mind, it's good for out overall well-being and you never know, you might come across something you've never expected before.
So here are a few reasons why you should go out in the rain. I hope this will encourage you to do so. Lets enjoy the summer, no amount of bad weather is gonna get us down!
#1 To experience the feeling of warmth
I know what you're thinking. Going out in the rain, and warmth, do not mix. But this is where you're wrong!
There is no greater feeling than coming home from a cold and rainy walk and getting rid of your wet sticky clothes, throwing your pyjamas on and snuggling in front of the fire. Get cosy under a blanket, invite your dog up on the couch with you (even if he's not usually allowed) and stick your noes in a really good book. Or watch your favourite film on telly.
It doesn't matter if you don't have a fireplace, you might have a gas fire that you can huddle around. Even just knowing that the central heating is on can bring comfort after a cold and wet walk.
Going out in the rain lets you appreciate the warmth of your home even more than you already do.
Live like a kid again
Just enjoy yourself!
Look at the world through the eyes of child and you'll see that rain is exciting, rain is different. Remember when someone first told you that no raindrop ever lands in the same spot as any previous raindrop? Remember how amazed you were by this? The world is magical!
Go out in the rain and love what you see all around you.
#2 To eat!
This reason is similar to the first.
As a kid, my parents used to take me and my brother out for long walks in the rain, knowing that before we'd left the house, we'd put a great big jacket potato in the oven ready for when we get back.
Walking out in the gloomy weather (which, by that way, is still tons of fun as a child) knowing that there is warm and hearty food waiting for you at home is just fantastic.
Combine this with reason number one, and you've got the perfect excuse for going out in the rain.
#3 To do a good deed
The more you're out and about, the more likely you are to come across other people. And the more likely you are to come across other people, the more likely you are able to do a good deed.
Now if that doesn't make you feel good I don't know what will!
Even something so simple can give you that positive feeling of accomplishment.
I was out in the rain not too long ago, just taking a stroll in the park, looking for some inspiration. I stopped to chat to a dog walker and her dog, and another gorgeous little terrier came to say hello. But he spent so long with us that he lost his owner! So I walked with this little dog until we heard the man shouting his name, and reunited the pair.
And that, my friends, made the walk so much more worthwhile.
#4 To get inspired
As an artist of any form, it's all well and good walking out into the wild to search for inspiration, but you need to stop being such a wimp and get out there in all weathers, in all seasons!
Seeing the same location at every stage of its cycle is truly inspiring. I jog every morning, taking the same route around the local park, and watching the area makes its transition from winter to spring and spring to summer is incredible. It certainly gets your creative juices flowing!
As a side note, creativity is a very healthy output. It's helps to work through emotions and create a true feeling of satisfaction. As Marx once argued, the very purpose of human nature is to produce. Creating something in art is one way of doing that.
#5 To clear your head
It's been pouring outside for weeks now and being unable to leave the house is a bore. Not only this but your room is stuffy and your head is feeling thick. You need some fresh air to blow the cobwebs away. PUT DOWN THE PAINKILLERS! Fresh air will cure your headache. Unless the air is close and humid. In which case, feel free to pop those pills.
Leaving the house at any time, even in the rain, gives you a nice break from whatever it is that you've been doing all day. It's a time to relax, get a change of scenery, and clear your head of all worries.
When you arrive back home again, I'm sure you'll feel much better.
#6 To feel alive!
"Feel the rain on your skin,
No one else can feel it for you, only you can let it in!"
You know how sometimes there's a scene in the movies where someone runs into the rain, neck craned backwards, arms outstretched, with a huge grin on their face? And you sit there thinking "yeah right, cause rain is that satisfying in real life!"
Well, actually, if you make it that way, it is!
To enjoy your walk in the rain, you need to develop a new and different attitude towards it. You need to learn to appreciate the beauty that all the different seasons bring and get a grasp on just how expansive and ever-changing the world is.
Just thinking about it makes me feel so alive!
Get out there!
I hope reading this article has given you the motivation you need to open the door and step out into the rain.
Just remember to keep an open mind okay? It may seem gloomy as first, but if you've got the promise of a warm and safe home waiting for you, then you've got no reason to get out there and let go. Enjoy yourself, see how the rain changes the street that you live on, the street that you thought you knew so well. Because everything looks so different in the rain.
Wait until the rain stops and notice how luscious and green the trees, bushes, and grasses now look. They've all sapped life from the rain, and you can do the same.
Get a different perspective on things.
Go for a walk in the rain.
Amy Naylor (author) from England on August 09, 2014:
Thank you very much for your kind words. I love to find peace in the storm.
WritingInRichmond on August 08, 2014:
What a great suggestion and all wonderful reasons to experience the beauty of the rain. Sometimes I wonder out in the rain to take a walk in the forest. As you said, everything takes on a seemingly different appearance with vibrant colors as the rain stops. I also appreciate that while the rain falls, there is the peaceful calm of solitude because most people are huddled inside. What a freeing experience. Thank you for your insights, as they will help me better appreciate a walk in the rain.
Amy Naylor (author) from England on July 15, 2014:
The rain isn't so bad when you come to accept it.
Fred Arnold from Clearwater, FL on July 12, 2014:
Great post. I remember being young and always took rain as a sign to go jump in some puddles. As I grew up, I grew out of it. When I joined the Navy I kind of had to accept the fact that I will be getting wet ALL the time. And to be honest, it's not so bad haha.
Amy Naylor (author) from England on July 11, 2014:
I've love that post-rain smell. Thank you very much.
Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on July 11, 2014:
What a great hub. Reasons to go out in the rain is a great hub and the smell of air is so fresh after a shower.
Amy Naylor (author) from England on July 03, 2014:
You have no choice but to indulge the rain here in the UK! I love storms, it's amazing how clear the air feels afterwards. Thanks for your comment.
Gerard Quain from limerick,Ireland on July 03, 2014:
I too love storm's and rain, I love the fresh smell, when I was a kid there is nothing more beautiful, than the smell of a freshly mown meadow after a fist shower of rain, but that said I am Irish , and when it rains it tends not to stop
Amy Naylor (author) from England on July 02, 2014:
Thank you very much! I love storms, as a kid I used to sit on the outside of my windowsill to watch the storms when they came. But apparently that was too dangerous and my parents had my window replaced with one that didn't open far enough to climb out of...
Amy Naylor (author) from England on July 02, 2014:
I know the feeling Billy! Thanks
Trisha Roberts from Rensselaer, New York on July 02, 2014:
Wonderful reasons. I absolutely admire the rain on any given day. I am very fascinated with storms. The feeling of raindrops on your skin is beautiful. Great hub !
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 02, 2014:
LOL...we don't need reasons here in Washington State. Ready or not, here it comes. :) But I loved your reasons.