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- February 4, 2012 by JessicaFelts
- The Weather's Effect on My Mood
Michigan is known for having some of the wildest weather you could possibly imagine. It's been said that if you are in Michigan on the right day, that you can see all four seasons over the course of that one day. The four seasons of course being: almost winter, winter, still winter and construction. But no, really, if you catch this beautiful state on the right day, you're bound to see a rather bi-polar mix of weather.
It's no wonder that I tend to be a little moody. The weather here has always got me going from one extreme to the next. When it's sunny outside, and 70 degrees - perfect weather, in my mind - I'm happy, go lucky; I couldn't have a care in the world. But then five minutes later, you get a giant tsunami-like rain storm and my mood just goes down the drain. But since rain isn't enough, we then see a massive temperature drop, and it starts snowing - slowly at first and then faster and faster, until ten minutes later when we're under three feet of snow. However, since Michigan is the queen of bi-polar weather, the temperature goes back up to 70 degrees and everything floods.
The story above isn't exactly true. While I have had birthdays (my birthday is in February) where I can go outside in shorts and a t-shirt, while still throwing snowballs at people, and I have also had summers where all I can do is throw on every piece of warm clothing I have and hope I don't freeze to death in the night, Michigan isn't quite as extreme as I have depicted her.
In reality, the weather does, though, have a true impact on my mood. I love to be able to plan activities, but since I never know what the weather is going to do from one minute to the next, it's rather hard to be able to say "okay, well tomorrow I'm going to go to the lake and then have a bar-b-que in my backyard". Why? Because the chances are quiet likely that at least one part of my day will be ruined - either it will be too cold to go to the lake, or it will start raining and ruin the bar-b-que. It's really rather unpredictable and that's what I hate about it.
So yes, if you want the short answer, yes, the weather really does have great influence on how I'm going to feel from day to day - I mean, come on, who wants to be happy and cheery when it's 40 degrees outside, damp and cloudy. Possibly Emily Dickinson, but we all know she was a little off to begin with.
Lots of Love!