When I biked home from the train station yesterday, there was quite a bit of wind. Autumn has truly arrived now. Temperatures are dropping, days are rapidly getting shorter and paddling against the wind has become a little more challenging than on a cruisy summer’s day. I always struggle with my energy levels during these changeable, stormy months. This coming Saturday night we go into daylight saving and I’ll soon be leaving for work in the dark as well as coming home in the dark.
Despite the challenges that Autumn presents, I actually really enjoyed my bike ride in the wind yesterday. As if the wind opened up my senses. I took deep breaths and couldn’t help but smile as I felt the wind pound against my body. I felt alive.
Perhaps it has something to do with having grown up near the coast. I love long walks on the beach, where the salty air and wind have a revitalising effect on me. There’s always some wind in the place I grew up in. Where I live now, there is less wind and it’s still a bit weird to me, albeit having lived here for about 8 years now. To me, wind is both soothing and energising! I’m always happier when there is at least a slight breeze or even more of a gustier wind.
I’m like that when I travel too. Don’t get me wrong, I love warmth on my skin and haven’t turned into a yeti. I’d just rather be on a colder and windier Stewart Island, New Zealand (see photo) than in a blistering hot (45°C!) and windless Exmouth, Australia unwilling to move a finger.
Wind has some kind of magical, energising power to awaken me and pull my face into a big smile ready for adventure!
How about you? Wind, yay or nay? Or perhaps another weather phenomenon that energises you?