Let’s Talk About The Weather

Is anyone else familiar with the feeling you get when it’s in the middle of the night, and what you really should be doing is sleeping, but for some reason you are lying in bed wide awake and thinking about writing? It’s like this sudden need, starting in your brain and continuing down to your fingers like streams of electricity, and before you know it you are too restless to not do anything about it. So what do you do? As I see it, you have two options: (1) you stay in bed and try to fight it, because you really should be sleeping anyhow, or (2) you get out of bed, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and sit down and do that one thing your mind is craving in this very moment – you write. (As a psychology student, I cannot help but wonder what Freud would make out of this)

Unfortunate enough for the writing craving inside me, this has been a long day with a lot of “brain-work”, and my creative side does not have much left to offer. However, I will say this. In Sweden, we like to talk about the weather; it is unpredictable and always changing, and you can always start a conversation about it whenever you find yourself stuck with nothing to talk about. Here in Israel I feel like there are pretty much two comments we can make about the weather. The first and most frequent comment would be; it’s hot. The second, and very season-dependent comment would be; it’s raining, so everything is flooded, and I can’t go out.

Sweden is the country of lagom, so even the weather sometimes tries to fit into this concept; you get all varieties of weather throughout the year. Israel on the other hand, I often feel is built more on extremes; it’s either hot, or it rains. When it’s hot, it’s really hot, and when it rains, it really rains (I am not exaggerating with the flooded part).

Most of the year I like walking along the beach, getting tanned, and enjoying the fact that meanwhile in Sweden it might be snowing.

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Then winter comes. You go outside one day, you look at the sky, and this is coming towards you.

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And before you know it, this is where you are at.

Welcome to Israel, swim safe people!

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