They say there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing choices (paraphrasing there) and I guess this is probably the most positive way to look at it. Otherwise it is easy to get caught up in the see-sawing of will I, won’t I when the weather is not to your liking. I should know because I constantly do it. For me the rain coming down is a perfect opportunity to snuggle up at home without the guilt of thinking I should be making the most of the day. In fact often the stormier it is outside the calmer I feel inside. However this past weekend I found myself walking out in the rain at a time of the day when everyone else was snuggled up avoiding it. I was caught in the pull between my warm bed (the option my son took) and the fear of missing out on seeing the North end of Kāpiti Island with himself and my daughter. The latter won.

Okupe Lagoon – North End of Kāpiti Island

So we headed off in the rain to meet the rest of the himself’s fire brigade group bright and early. Songs of weather came into my head as I tossed up my choice and the thoughts of going back to bed. ‘Rain drops keep falling on my head’ – yes that works today. ‘Four seasons in one day’ – yes, it was fine and calm at 4am after blowing a gale and before the rain set in. I can’t stand the rain – well not technically true for me but a fair enough point today given that we would be ‘marooned’ on the Island for almost 5 hours. Maybe ‘Here comes the rain again’ or ‘Ain’t no sunshine’ were the most apt for the day. Interestingly enough though as we lined up for check in and bio checks I noticed that people were a bit loathed to mention the obvious. Sure there was the odd comment about ‘Oh, I thought it would be cancelled’ but generally there was no mention of the heavy rain that was forecast to remain all day nor the fact that we were going to be out in it. Usually weather is the fail safe topic of conversation but clearly only when you know you are safe from it; after you’re indoors or after the storm has given way to sunshine. Beyond that ….. speaker beware.

Looking South from the lookout on Kāpiti Island (210m)

We blame and praise the weather for so many things in our lives. We even let it dictate our health and well-being at times but really it is our internal ‘weather’ that forecasts how our day goes. Sure, I could have bitched and moaned about being soaked, about the rough ferry over, the cold and lack of shelter but instead I tried my hardest to embrace it all. Enjoy my choice, take it all as it came and be grateful for the opportunity to be in such an amazing place. Grateful for the opportunity to be with my family – well some of it 🙂 – experiencing nature together. Grateful for seeing birds up close and without multiple sound distractions. Grateful for the opportunity to step up into positivity, creating my own a good weather. In the end the choice is always mine.

Kererū – New Zealand Wood Pigeon




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