This is so bloody obvious that it is hardly worth mentioning but something being obvious doesn’t make it any less true and sunshine certainly does makes you feel better. It lifts the spirits makes you want to go outside, stand taller, breath more deeply, and feel more alive, especially if the bright day is an interlude in otherwise grey, wet, and oppressive weather.
The picture is of blue sky poking up from behind a wall, inviting me to break-out, get outside and play. Now I don’t think I actually broke out that far – there was no exploring, just a normal sunday morning run – but it did feel better. Others had the same idea and a park, that a week ago was empty, was full of people strolling and socialising. It was almost as if everybody was nodding to each other and saying ‘nice isn’t it?’
For weeks the weather has been grey, overcast, rainy, windy and generally gloomy. This lowers the spirits, dulls the intellect and makes life just that little bit more wearisome. However a little bit of sunlight and suddenly everything is uplifted, your mood, the world, everything.
Today the sky is blue, the air is clear, and the sun shines brightly at a low winter angle that reflects back off the still damp roads. Yesterday was miserable, tomorrow will be grey again; so this really must be enjoyed. I was out early to enjoy the sun rising and see the light develop. When in the park I say a group of four or five squirrels scurrying up trees and leaping between branches (it was difficult their number because they moved around so much). I just stood and watched them, entranced by the agility, enjoying the peace. It was a perfect example of a fleeting moment.