It’s too hot, too cold. It rains too much, it does not rain enough. It’s too foggy, the suns too bright. For some reason people always find a reason to complain about the weather. Something we can’t change and hopefully will never be able to influence either.
It’s not just the complaining. It’s also how the weather can get to people. I always considered myself a sunshine child. Not because I grew up in a tropical part of the world. Nope. Switzerland is far from being tropical, believe me. And still the sun is shining quite a bit over there. At least if you live in the mountains and don’t have to deal with the fog for most of the winter.
Growing up in the mountains meant that the weather was either good or bad. You basically got up, looked out the window and you knew what you had to dress in for the day. It was either sunny, overcast, raining or snowing (oh well, of course there were the little in-betweens, but you get what I’m saying).
Living in the lower regions of Switzerland during late fall and into mid winter, though, meant to sometimes not know what kind of weather it really was. It was just grey. Grey and cold and unfriendly.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I do like fog. I find it actually pretty nice, maybe even calming. So when we had foggy days in the mountains I really enjoyed it. But if you have day after day after day of it and you never really know if it’s morning, mid day or evening because it’s so dark, it kind of starts getting to you.
Especially when you know that where you grow up it looks more like this:
Although I never really thought that the weather would affect my mood, I could witness what it did to others while living in one of the bigger cities of Switzerland. While in the beginning of the foggy season (which usually lasts from end October to February) people were still kind of friendly and in an okay mood in the mornings, by the time that mood changed. People actually started getting as grey as the weather mood-wise.
The smiles were gone and all you got in return for a friendly “good morning” was a grumpy look.
There were stretches of days on which it felt like no natural light would get to you and I guess that was the reason why people started getting moody.
I remember how some of the other students once asked me how I managed to keep my good mood. My answer was easy: I kept that sun shining inside of me, which was probably the case too. But to be honest it was the fact, that I was able to escape the fog every weekend, heading back to the mountains to stay with my parents and see the sun again. Without it, I’m sure, the days of dark grey weather would have gotten to me too eventually…
Inspired by the Daily Post Daily Prompt – Climate Control