Thursday, 26 February 2015

My mind is like the weather - I can never predict what it's going to do next

Hard to believe I've been writing this blog for almost four years now and I've never considered this topic before. After all, I live in Melbourne. Everybody knows that this is everybody's favourite topic of conversation here - and let's face it, given how much it changes all the time, it gives us an awful lot to talk about.

Anyway, after my usual agonising about what I can write about for this week's post, it hit me. I should do a post about the weather. Melbourne's weather is absolutely nuts. In a matter of hours, it can change from hot and sunny to cold and rainy, and then back again several more times (in fact, the Crowded House song "Four Seasons in one Day" was specifically written with Melbourne in mind).

So here we go. What can I possibly say about the weather in Melbourne. It's crazy. It's unpredictable. It seems completely irrational and nuts. A bit like... A bit like... A bit like me, to be honest.

That's when I had my great revelation. My mind is just like the weather in Melbourne. Like the weather, my mind seems to act in a completely irrational way. I can never predict what thought will pop up next. I have no idea whether it will lead me on towards sunny skies or clouds and rain, or some strange combination of the two.

As an example, sometimes I can be sitting on a tram (yes, that's another very Melbourne thing to do) and my mind will suddenly throw out three really great ideas in quick succession. Out of the blue. No prompting at all. An hour or so later, when I finally get organised enough to write those ideas down so I won't forget them (I admit I may have a problem with procrastination) my mind will remove them completely. Totally gone and never to be recovered.

It can be extremely frustrating having a Melbourne weather type mind. From day to day, it can be hard to predict how I'm going to function. Will I be effective and get stuff done, or will I just schlump around, getting nowhere. It's a bit like the quandary of going outside - when you can't decide whether to dress for sun or rain. It's just impossible to predict.

Mind you, after so many years, I suppose I've kind of gotten used to it. And like the weather here in Melbourne, at least it gives me something to talk about.


  1. Odd. I would’ve imagined that song was about Scotland. We also experience the four-seasons-in-one-day phenomenon. It’s a misnomer to think it drizzles all day long here. (Our word for it is smirr, the kind of rain you don’t feel coming down but you end up soaked either way.) I’d like to think I’m not affected by the weather but I do suspect I am a little. I work on a couch mostly these days with my back to the window and the curtains permanently closed but I do think I’m brighter within myself on sunnier days. I’m not sure my mood affects my productivity as much as my health does though. If I’m feeling fine it doesn’t matter what time it is or what the weather’s like in fact I’m generally most productive these days between about two and six in the morning but that’s nothing new. Really once I’m into my work Armageddon could be happening outside and I wouldn’t notice. I’ve seen some writers who position their desks in front of open windows. I’ve never done that. Invariably my desks face a wall and away from the window. That’s the current setup in my office anyway, whatever I can do to minimise distractions.

    1. Hi Jim. I know a few Scots who seem quite at home in Melbourne, so I guess there must be something to that. Have a good week.