When I wake up in the morning to the sound of rain drops falling, only being stopped by the roof and gutters. My mind immediately eases and I feel like I could spend eternity under the comfort of my fuzzy blankets; drifting in and out to the light plips and plops of the rain drops. I push forward through this great desire because I know, on these grey, rainy days, I become over whelmed with a boost of creativity.
Rainy Days and Me
I don’t know what it is but rainy days have the opposite affect on me than most people. Back when we were able to go out and interact with other humans, I would mostly just hear negativity on rainy days. The usual, ‘it’s so ugly out today’ or the ‘I wish it were sunny out’, comments come flying at you with the first sighting of a grey sky.
I, however, look at these ‘gloomy’ days as an opportunity. I find myself fighting off the negative energy in my mind and forming a more positive outlook on the day. I set a goal for the day, though I do this everyday, on rainy days I raise the bar for myself. I set a goal that allows me to use all the creativity I can muster up.
Creativity and Grey Skies
As I sit writing at my desk, infront of my favorite outside view; I started to think just what keeps me going on days like these. I have come up with a few solutions:
As always coffee is a huge inspiration booster for me, as you can see with my previous post titles, Inspiration 01: Coffee && Film Score and Inspiration 02: Espresso && Flowers. Coffee is just one of those things that will always be there and available. On rainy days, I could drink a whole pot to myself, and I have. It helps keep my mind energetic while really, it feels the need to sleep out the rain. Let’s face it, we all are a little extra sleepy when the relaxing sounds of rain falling are all around us.
As I look out my window, I can still see nature going about its normal routine. This pushes me even more because I’m not even outside in the cold rain like the red headed sparrow I see flying from branch to branch. How could I stop what I love doing just because of a little precipitation happening outside. Seeing all the birds and squirrels roaming around makes my experience that more positive on rainy days like this. Watching drops of rain leave one leaf to the next, floods my creativity and keeps me moving from my own leaf to the next.
What I think really solidifies the creativity and motivation is the pure simplicity of a rainy day. Think about it. There is not much going on outside when the day is dark and wet. There is less distractions. The neighbor kids aren’t outside screaming and running around, causing the neighborhood dogs to go on a barking rant. It is a simple mono toned hue outside. Creating a bland and simple landscape. Imagine a painter, this painter has locked themselves, their paints and brushes, and canvas in a solid white room. The painter does this to eliminated any distraction from the pure creativity that flows from mind to brush to paint to canvas. The grey overcast sky provides that same mindset. Allowing your mind to create and your brain to focus and think less.
My Mind and Body
I have had a wonderful creative, rainy day. My mind has been sharp and ready to learn and produce more. I have focused on writing prompts today and I am excited to share what I have been focused on with you. I am almost done with a short story that has come from one of the writing prompts I cam across earlier. For now, I just wanted to share my thoughts on rainy days and hopefully help you find some more creativity the next time you have grey skies. Time to get back to the creative juices and let them flow.