Friday, 17 August 2012

Is the weather worse when indoors?

Is the weather better when I sleep in a tent?

People shudder and say 'but aren't you cold and wet all the time?' when I tell them I'm going to Scotland or wherever and I'm going to spend weeks in my tent. I usually respond with something along the lines of 'but when you're outdoors the whole time you don't notice the weather'.

Having spent this Scottish trip so far sleeping in my van, I've started to elaborate on this 'theory'. When I'm all snug in my van and it's windy or rainy or just looks cold outside I'm really unmotivated to go out and do anything. I just want to stay snuggled up in my sleeping bag. But once I get out I realise the weather is nowhere near as bad as it seemed. Even what sounded like heavy rain from inside the van is usually no more than a few drops once I'm out in it.

So I've changed my theory slightly. Instead of thinking that when I'm outdoors the whole time I don't notice the weather, I've realised that actually the weather doesn't seem that noticeable because it's really not that bad. It just seems worse than it is when I'm snug inside.

So when I'm at home or wherever I happen to be indoors, if I'm put off going out because it seems so bad outside I now know that actually it's just an illusion and in reality it's not that bad at all.

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