I was talking to a friend of mine today. She said that she hates the rain. I love it. I love the smell in the air after a good shower, I love the dark clouds in the sky, I love the feeling that there is actually something in the empty space around us. Rain is something that lulls many of us to sleep. And for all you other rain and thunder storm lovers maybe you understand. When I was younger I would sit on the front steps with my dad when there was a thunderstorm. We would watch the rain and wait for the lightning. We would point, "Did you see that one?" and wait for more bursts of lightning. I never found lightning or thunder scary. It is something that I actually like being woken up to. Lighting can remind us just how powerful nature can be. I love being in the rain. I walked home from my yoga class the other week and it was pouring rain. I didn't mind. I think of doing that kind of stuff as something that can build character. You have to do it. Otherwise what are you experiencing in life. Walk through the rain, dance in it. Water is essential for our bodies, enjoy its feeling on your skin. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it is something that nature is giving to us as a gift. Every bit of nature is beautiful, even those dark, gray clouds. Thank you for reading.