I knew it was going to be the moment I woke up and opened the blinds. The sky was clear and although the sun was mostly blocked by a downtown skyscraper, it was the best sunrise I had seen since moving to San Diego.
I’m originally from Colorado and while I really don’t care to be in the snow more than maybe once a year, we have about 300 sunny days a year. I lived in Tucson for the last five years and we had about 350 sunny days a year, boasting more sunshine than any other city in the United States.
When Derek and I moved to San Diego in February and I was sure Southern California was sunny 365 days a year!
Well, that has not been the case. At first I thought it was just winter time. But then came what the locals refer to as, “May Gray” and “June Gloom”. It was at that point that I realized I could never, ever, ever live in Seattle! I could hardly function in this darkness that had descended upon me.
That’s when I knew for sure, I’m solar powered.
I’ve complained just about everyday about this foggy, gray, dreariness that is. I’ve dreamed of clear, blue skies. I’ve taken myself to Tucson at sunset just to see the beauty of the sun…
But what occurred to me today is:
It takes some gray days to fully appreciate the sunny ones.
I told Derek we had to drop everything (even the “important” stuff) and get outside for a walk with Charlie. We walked our legs off, across Gaslamp, Seaport Village and along the bay (almost to the airport)! The sun was bright. The sky was so blue and the water sparkled like a million tiny diamonds. We soaked up the heat of the sun and smiled.
I may never have enjoyed a sunny day more.
After returning home I decided to do a little research and found out that San Diego has 146 days of sunshine a year. And I intend to enjoy each one of them!
San Diego has taught me to appreciate contrast.
Remember that the contrast in life helps us.
Yes, it’s only when we have a variety of experiences that we can determine our preferences.
Hungry for More, A. Monika
p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!