September is a mixed month usually in Myanmar. The rainy season starts to ease. I returned to a couple of days where the sky was blue, the daytime temperatures soaring and Facebook statuses celebration a break in the clouds. Quite literally. The months of June, July and August see thick cloud, heavy rains and only a very rare glimpse of the sun. It is sticky and uncomfortable, yet it is refreshing and life-giving.
This afternoon, I sit in one of my favourite spots, a balcony on a Yangon Tea Salon, bounded with orchids, a peaceful and creative space, attempting to catch up on bloggery and life. The earlier, hot sun has been chased away by gathering back clouds and in moments my peaceful space is turned into a rainforest.
I love the rains, though I do find the constant greyness depressing and the humidity exhausting. The rains are warm, unlike our Scottish rain and they bring a wealth of sounds, plant life and noisy animal and reptile life into the everyday. They disrupt. Sudden floods and violent downpours bring life briefly to a standstill. But they bring an indescribable childish zest. I never tire of listening to the thundering downpours.
But now, inevitably we are moving into new times. The rains will subside, wider swatches of blue sky will appear and by late October/November the rains will be but a memory.
This season represents a different kind of change for me. We move through September, and my stomach tenses, my breath shortens and my mind becomes increasingly distracted. I discovered the lump which was to be a door into a new and strange world, the breast cancer world in September 2009 and I face a number of significant anniversary and landmark days. To reinforce this, the global Breast Cancer Awareness month shakes up a multitude of reminders and debates. And just to add to the intensity, the Great Annual Checks and Scans loom. As the rains disappear and clouds move into the distance, All Things Cancer sweep forcefully into my line of vision from all directions.
More than ever, I will strive to keep some balance as I navigate the coming weeks. And I am sure I can be forgiven for wishing to close my eyes and find myself in November, checks behind me and some reassurance to take forward and clear blue skies for some months ahead.