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Just Another Day at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Whoever thought of today’s prompt probably has not been to the Northwest of England! 😉
Today’s Prompt: You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hale starts descending form the sky. Write a post about what happens next.
Let me tell you a little something about the Northwest of England: it always rains here!! ‘Summer’ usually consists of a week or two (if we’re lucky) of sunshine and a few months of rain. You can wake up to blistering heat, but then as soon as you walk out of your house, it’ll be raining so hard your umbrella will be shredded.
Today’s prompt simply describes a typical summer day out at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. What do we do when a hailstorm suddenly comes on a sunny day? Well, we pack our bags, go to the nearest fish and chips shop and have some lunch. This will be follwed by an enormous cup of tea with friends who would collectively sigh and exclaim, ‘typical!’
In the meantime, let me remind you of why we bother to go to Blackpool on a great day:
Weekly Photo CHallenge – Extra, Extra
This photo was taken at Heaton Park, Manchester, UK. One may ask where the ‘Extra, Extra’ part is in the picture. The fact is that you cannot directly see it for it is the sun. Yes, the sun. Manchester rarely sees the sun shining in the sky even if it is officially the summer here. Therefore, it is always a pleasant surprise whenever we have bright, sunny, warm days.
Check out more entries at The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge (Extra, Extra) Page
Daily Prompt – The Climate Doesn’t Control You
Daily Prompt asked: The idea that the weather and people’s moods are connected is quite old. Do you agree? If yes, how does the weather affect your mood?
There has been a lot of research that supports the claim that the weather indeed affects people’s moods (but not the other way around). Seasonal Affective Disorder,also known as ‘winter depression’, for instance highlights the correlation that exists between the change in seasons and the changes in some people’s moods (winter = low mood and lack of interest). Having read quite a few research papers around the topic, it is pretty hard to argue against the idea that the weather affects our moods.
However, I argue that we can manage the effects of the weather on us. Sure, rainy days and the bitterly cold and dark winters may initially bring us down. Some of us may get upset when it rains or when it is cold simply because we expect the sun to come out. But we should not get carried away. We need to realise that we do not- and cannot- control the weather, but we can control our reactions to it. Yes, it is disappointing when it rains on the day we booked a bouncy castle for our child’s birthday party, or on the day that we plan to have a barbeque. But what can you do? Blame the heavens? Well, you could, but what good would that do? Instead of slumping and huffing and puffing, we could change our outlook. Change our plans, or even better, have a plan B. Plan ahead and develop a few alternatives.
We should also cherish the moments when the weather is not the one that we are hoping for because those days will make us treasure the sunny, bright days that will come.
Focus on the things that we can control; not the ones that we cannot.
Life is too short to be disappointed or upset because of the weather.