Do you love when it rains? Do you love strolling down the street on a rainy afternoon? Do you love cosying up in your pajamas with a cup of coffee and your favorite book on a dark stormy night? Well, then you might be a pluviophile. Someone who loves the rain.
Unlike others, we don’t complain about getting our hair, clothes, and shoes wet. We celebrate the sensation of the cool droplets soaking and nourishing our skin, giving us a new lease of life.
Pluviophile – A lover of rain
“SOME PEOPLE FEEL THE RAIN. OTHERS JUST GET WET.” – BOB MARLEY
My heart fills up with an indescribable excitement as I look up at the bruised purple sky. As the intimidating, gigantic clouds seamlessly sail in from the other end of the horizon, I see other land dwellers rushing for cover. Their crudeness enrages the sky and it thunders in anger leaving mere mortals rattled in their bones, making birds and animals tremble in fright and the trees dancing in unison to appease the angry clouds with some assistance from the whistling winds.
I open my eyes wider at the crackling thunder as a bright flash of light engulfs everything around me splitting the sky into two. As the sky heals again, I am dazzled by the stunning display of the web of lightning moments ago. I hope in my heart that the next one lasts more than a fleeting moment so that I can capture it in my mind’s camera. I stand silently and observe the world around me falling into chaos while embracing the beauty that’s unfolding in front of my very eyes.
My heart is filled with joy without notice as the familiar calming melody of icy, sharp raindrops piercing the warm dry earth seeps into my ears. As the rain moves in towards me from the distance, I feel my heart pounding faster. And then it happens. The cold, nourishing tears from the sky drenches me in its comforting embrace. I feel goosebumps on my skin as my clothes are impregnated by the wrath of the overbearing rain. I feel the freshness of the crisp, refreshing air caress my face. I take a slow deep breath in as the rain quenches the dreadful thirst of the dry, warm earth. The ephemeral aroma of the petrichor emanating from the ground fills my soul. I feel it healing the wounds in my heart as it washes away all the stress and anxiety corrupting my mind all day. Never has a world painted in gray looked more beautiful.
As I start walking towards my home, I feel a smile forming on my face and my heart lifted with pure bliss and euphoria. I am now happy. I am at peace. This is my meditation. I feel alive.
I am a pluviophile.
A lover of rain.
If you feel something similar when it pours, then you are a rain lover. The word Pluviophile is derived from the Latin term “pluvial,” which translates to rain, and the word “phile,” which means a person. Hence, we are people who find happiness & peace of mind on rain-soaked days.
Signs you’re a Pluviophile
“I think rain is as necessary to the mind as to vegetation. My very thoughts become thirsty, and crave the moisture.” – John Burroughs
I absolutely love the rain. And if you do too, then here are a few telltale signs & indicators that you are also a certified rain lover just like me.
Check out the signs listed below and find it out for yourself:
1. You feel relaxed & comfortable
Rain transports you to a transcendent state and makes you experience nirvana. It not only helps you relax, whether outside or at home or even at work, but it also heals and soothes your inner self. While most people tend to complain about rainy days, you feel this is the most comforting time of the year. As you revel in the sounds and sensations of rain, you enjoy relaxing in your home with great food, books, and movies along with your loved ones or by yourself.
2. You find the dark sky beautiful
Although you don’t hate sunny and bright days, you find dark skies lined with heavy intimidating clouds poetically beautiful. The gray and purple hue engulfing the sky makes the world even more colorful for you than it usually is. Looking up at the sky is a treat for you as you can see the dark clouds in all its glory and see the raindrops falling on your face. It paints your heart with the color of bliss.
3. You love walking in the rain
“I ALWAYS LIKE WALKING IN THE RAIN, SO NO ONE CAN SEE ME CRYING.” – CHARLIE CHAPLIN
For you, a rainy day is a perfect time to go out for a walk. You don’t care if you get wet or catch a cold or what people might think about you. You enjoy being out with the elements and experience the various soothing sensations that the rain brings. You don’t care if your clothes are soaking wet or if your hair is ruined because the heavenly water trickling down your skin cleanses your body, mind, and heart. The rain washes away all your worries, fears and problems freeing you from the shackles of your mundane daily life. You walk with a smile as other people run for cover. You are not in a hurry to reach anywhere. You just live in the moment and enjoy being yourself.
4. You feel happier
Your mood changes instantly the moment you see the sky turning dark with heavy clouds and your heart fills with joy and positivity with raindrops piercing the earth. Rain can significantly alter your mood and make you happy instantly even if you are having a really bad day. Sometimes you are amazed at the incredible influence rain has on your mind and psyche. To you, rain means happiness, calmness, and peace regardless of how your day is going.
5. You like rain gazing
Sitting by your window and looking at the rainfall from heaven and onto the land of the mortals is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day. You love looking at the raindrops gliding down your glass window as different droplets mesh into one and run to the bottom. I love looking at the people outside finding their way through life as they struggle to keep dry or enjoy the downpour. You love observing the world outside finding hope in the hauntingly beautiful gloominess of the rain.
6. Rain is music to your ears
“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes
You can listen to the different layers of sound the rain makes all through your day. Whether it’s the sound of rain falling on the roof of your car, your clothes, the pavement or your window, you enjoy the various audible textures it creates upon contact with the world around you. You love the sound of the moist wind rushing by your ears and the raindrops bathing your face. This is the most relaxing and soothing sound to you. You don’t need headphones because rain is music to your ears.
7. You love the smell of rain
You enjoy breathing in the fresh, clean and rejuvenating air after it rains. But what you love most is the soul-soothing after-rain scent. The pleasant smell of petrichor outside during and after it rains is something you want to save for eternity. The moist, cold and fresh smell in the air is one of the reasons you love going outside in the rain as it comforts your soul.
8. You sleep better
“NOTHING IS BETTER THAN THE SOUND OF HEAVY RAIN WHILE YOU ARE FALLING ASLEEP.”
You don’t understand exactly why, but you tend to sleep a lot better on rainy nights. The ambiance, the sound, and the general feeling that it’s raining outside puts you in a deeply comfortable zone. Your mind relaxes as your body eases up when you curl in your bed with the rain dripping heavily outside. You feel a warm feeling inside and you enter a dreamy yet meditative place inside your mind as you drift away to sleep.
9. You are secretly a shower addict
There is a reason why monsoon is your favorite season. If only it could rain every day, you would have been the happiest person alive. Sadly, it doesn’t happen like that. And that’s why you resort to the next best alternative to quench your daily thirst for rain – your shower.
As it doesn’t rain every day, you adjust the lack of your favorite natural phenomenon by taking more than two showers most of the days. You love the sensation of the water dripping down your body as it soothes and calms your mind. So you find your solace in your bathroom, especially when there’s no rain outside. The shower helps you experience the same feelings you get from getting wet in the rain. Yes, it’s not the same but it makes you happy nonetheless.
RAIN SHOWERS MY SPIRIT AND WATERS MY SOUL.” – EMILY LOGAN DECENS
If you exhibit most of these traits, then there is no doubt that you are a pluviophile. You practice mindfulness in its true essence and you understand what it means to live in the moment. You have a truly inspiring and unique personality that makes you different from most people around you. You find pleasure, joy, and happiness in nature and the simplest things in life.
So be proud of who you are and be the rain lover that you are meant to be even if others don’t understand you.
Love yourself. Love the rain.