Stuck inside your room when it’s raining cats and dogs outside? Have loads of school work you’re unwilling to do at the moment? Sick of all those sweet couples sharing those little umbrellas while you’re trying to avoid getting wet using your clipboard?
Worry no more, for you are about to find out the secret steps to a less gloomy rainy day.
1. Challenge yourself to champorado-all-you-can. This is my ultimate comfort food during the rainy season, so imagine my delight when I found a pack that makes five bowls for 28 Php at the supermarket. Trust me, with something as filling as this, your 28 pesos has a long way to go.
2. Accumulate the right amount of body fat to completely eliminate the purpose of a blanket in your life and hibernate like a grizzly bear. I don’t know about you, but hibernation has been a lifelong dream of mine. What could be more peaceful and fulfilling than a 6-month long period of slumber and inactivity?
3. Stop washing your hair every single day. It’s not like they’ll notice, right? Whenever it’s raining hard outside, everything (from wetting your hair in the shower, slathering on some shampoo, massaging your scalp with conditioner, to the worst task of all: waiting for your hair to dry) becomes a chore. Especially, if your hair’s as long as mine.
4. Quit the habit of turning on the lights during daytime whenever it gets dark outside and wait for your body clock to get completely fucked up. If you’re up for an extra exciting experience, try this: Take a nap at around 12 noon and plan to wake up at 3pm just in time for your 4pm class, wake up inside your dark room, immediately assume that it’s either 7pm or 5am, mutter all the curse words in your vocabulary, suffer a mini panic attack for sleeping that long and for missing a 3-hour long lecture on immunobiochemistry, grab your semi-existent phone and come to the realization that it’s only 30 minutes past 3 in the afternoon. After that, fix yourself up, grab your umbrella and walk to class. Find out from the handwritten note stuck to the classroom door that there actually is no class, realize that none of this would have happened if one of your classmates texted you and silently vow never to talk to any of them ever again.
5. Listen to some Bulgarian folk songs. Nothing like Oblache Le Bialo to transport you to peak of the Balkan Mountains. Oddly, something about these folk songs calms my nerves. If you’re not really into Bulgarian music, keep in mind that there are other Slavic languages to choose from.