On Weather

It's a rainy day here in Atlanta. I'm sitting in a coworking space and I've already lost count of how many people I've overheard talking about this "bad", "dreary", or "gray" weather.

It reminds of an interview I heard a while back that Tim Ferriss did with Josh Waitzkin. One of the many things Josh mentioned is that he feels one of the biggest makes parents make is around the language they use to describe weather. For the most part, rain = bad weather and we can't go outside. On the other hand, sun = good weather and we can go play outside.

His argument is that this perspective leaves us externally reliant on conditions being perfect in order to go have a good time. It's a mindset that typically blends over in to other things in life. When conditions aren't perfect or ideal it encourages us to sit back and do nothing instead of just not take the risk.

Josh and his son don't miss a rain or snow storm unless someone is sick. They make an effort to go outside any time it rains and play in while exclaiming how beautiful and fun it is.

I love this mindset. I've always loved the rain, but just adapted to the common rhetoric of rain being bad and dreary. Josh argues that viewing weather this way helps us develop an internal locus of control as opposed to being dependent upon our environment.

I'm working to adopt this new perspective because I believe it's far more valuable than the conversation fodder that we typically associate with bad weather. This is a whole different topic, but can we stop talking about the weather so freaking much? It's not as interesting as we make it seem by talking about it all the time.

Quit worrying so much and go play in the rain. I don't think you're going to spend time on your deathbed upset about getting sick because you played in the rain. I think you're going to love reliving the memories of the smiles on the faces of those around you.