Monday Music. 31/05/21.

Can you believe it’s the last day of May already?!?! Here in the UK it’s a Bank Holiday (Public Holiday) and everywhere is gearing up for summer. The pubs are opening up again – properly, not just beer gardens, shops are opening, businesses are flinging open their doors. The weather is also being good instead of weeping all over us.

This song always reminds me of glorious sunny, carefree days. What better way to welcome better times?

Healing.

I am sat here at a little after 11pm on a Saturday night listening to the rain. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but here goes; I’ve missed the rain, really missed it. I know, I know, I can’t believe I’m saying that either!

I live in a part of the UK that sees a higher percentage of rainfall than most areas and I’m often to be found moaning about the excess precipitation. But we’ve had an actual summer this year, not as hot as the south of the country, but that’s fine because it’s been far too hot for a delicate soul like me!!!

All joking aside we actually need the rain. The ground is so dry. The river outside my house is exceptionally low, well it was, the rain we are forecast may actually change that. Plus, the rain means our reservoirs fill up and this means we are no longer at the mercy of a hosepipe ban. Where I live hadn’t actually enforced the ban, we’d had a few showers over the last couple of weeks and people had been really good about saving water. Hopefully the latest band of rain that is set to sweep across this part of the country will help to prevent any ban coming into force.

I’ve also found I actually miss the sound of rain. Despite moaning about it most of the time I actually find it soothing. OK, yes, there comes a point when this area has too much rain, but too little has an effect on us too.

So, I’m sat here listening to the rain and contemplating life. It’s been rough, really rough for me lately. An old wound got opened up and horrific flashbacks seeped out leaving me crippled with PTSD symptoms. I’d struggled for a while and then finally managed to get a decent night’s sleep a few days ago, which certainly helped me gain some much needed clarity. But yesterday and today have been pretty rough for me and I’ve struggled with the enormity of it all.

Then came the rain. This will sound strange, but for all the rain makes noise as it falls, it also brings a hushed presence with it. People are less inclined to be outside. I’m not such an ogre that I can’t stand people being outside in their own gardens, but when you’re battling demons inside your own head other people’s noise really can agitate your already frayed nerves. The energy around me feels calm now. Clean. How it should be. I feel cleansed, as does the energy around me.

Heatwave!!!

The UK has been enjoying (or not, depends on your perspective) a heatwave. Most countries call this summer, but here in the UK we are prone to wetter summers, especially in the North and in Scotland.

Social media is awash with posts and pics of people enjoying the glorious weather. For quite a lot of people the warm and sunny weather certainly helps to lift their mood and their enjoyment of life is obvious.

But if you, or anyone you know, has a chronic illness then the prolonged heat can make life pretty miserable for you. Even quite dangerous. Alas, the same people (not all I must add) who have regaled us all on social media with their happy heatwave posts have taken to social media to castigate anyone who dares to moan about the hot weather.

For me personally my asthma has really been triggered. My IBS is flaring badly and my joints are sore and swollen due to the rising humidity. I’m also diabetic, which means the rising temperatures can make my blood glucose levels sky rocket – even when a healthy diet and exercise regime is being adhered to.

Other people have heart conditions and this can cause a flare up of angina type symptoms. Other heart conditions can be triggered during the extreme heat a heatwave brings and this often requires the person to receive hospital treatment.

It’s understandable that people who are chronically ill do not enjoy the extreme temperatures. It’s understandable that they feel miserable. They aren’t trying to spoil it for those people who enjoy such weather, they are struggling to cope due to a chronic illness or condition.

During the hot weather we should be aware of the wildlife around us, making sure that any animal we see has access to water to drink and to cool down. The same for our pets, make sure they have plenty of water available and ensure they have a cool, shady area inside or out. And I know it’s a no brainier, but please, please do not leave dogs in hot cars. They can become very ill really quickly and can actually die from the heat.

For those who enjoy the sun and heat, have fun.

For those who don’t, I hope you find relief.