30 degrees one day 12 the next!! Oh Melbourne, I do love you!
The funny relationship we have with our weather in Melbourne is something special and unique and, unless you live here, really live here, I don’t think you’ll understand.
Melbourne weather can be a flighty, tempestuous, magical quick change artist but oh how I’m so very grateful to live here.
As spring has sprung so have my roses in my new garden in my new rental house. They’re glorious and red. Some light pink ones popped out the other day too. And while the spring weather may be as unpredictable as any Melbourne week, I do know it’s nearly Cup Day weekend because the roses are always in full bloom for the Melbourne Cup. Yes, that’s another sporting event in Victoria for which we have a public holiday….feel free to have your own judgements on that. I know I do. 😜
I was genuinely thinking of why I like these drastic changes in weather so much; especially when I am not, in any way, shape or form, a lover of change. I like tradition. I like to know how things will be. I like to know what to expect, what I’m supposed to wear or bring or do. I do not like surprises!!! You would think that from my very narrow minded views regarding change that this weather business would freak me out and yet…I truly find comfort in it. I know I can’t ever put away my winter coat or my boots. That my pyjama drawer must have every seasonal variation and that layering is an art form in Melbourne.
There are so many things in life that are challenging. The constant struggle it is to keep showing up every day to do this thing called life, can sometimes, be exhausting. There are seasons in life , grief and loss, for example, that take time to process. There is no shortcut. It simply must be processed. And grief will pop and and surprise you some days. Just when I think I’m truly coming to terms with my Mum’s death, over a year ago now; a day will come with its challenges and I will miss her terribly. Another layer of grief will be felt and the process will continue. Much like summer in other states and cities of Australia. My friends in Sydney put away their winter coats and boots and take out their summer things. And that’s terrific. They’re used to it. It’s how they roll. But I won’t do that, because come Christmas Day it could be anything from heatwave 40 plus degrees to white Christmas and barely reaching double figures.
How delightfully changeable!!
So while I cling to my need for stability maybe that’s what I love about Melbourne’s weather; the relief that comes with the constancy of change. If it’s hot, it won’t be for too long. If it’s cold, a warm day will pop up soon. That respite from the constant is such a relief, especially in summer.
Finding those moments of respite in the thick of the middle of a ‘winter type season’ of life can be equally a relief. That catch up with a dear friend. That book you still get moments in the day to read. The laughter of children. That song on the radio that makes you smile. Learning something new. Asking for help when things are hard.
Thanks for sharing with me. I’d love to hear some of your moments of relief in the comments below. Doing life together certainly helps.