I am a Pluviophile!

Hi, My name is Gavin Sharples and I am an ADDICT!
January 28, 2014
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Yes, I have to admit it; I just love it when it rains. I really do so you can imagine how tough it is living in a country with people who continuously bitch and moan about the rain.

Pluviophile sufferers are different!       

If Pluviophilia sufferers differ from others on this issue, could they differ on other issues as well? Perhaps Pluviophiles have a chemical balance in their brains that makes them different. Having suffered from this affliction for my whole life I can tell you first hand that they, we, do act and think differently. I can honestly attest to the fact that apart from loving the rain (on a continent that is very short of rain and water), I also seem to have other beliefs that differ from the “social norms”.

For instance I believe that screaming at a child while smacking him and telling him that it is wrong to hit people and that he should calm down and stop screaming is ….. Stupid!  I can’t help it it’s a condition I have!

I also believe that women are the greatest things to happen to humanity and that if we change how we treat them we will change the world. Silly idea I suppose but how we treat these wonderful givers of life, nurturers of children and bringers of joy and peace, not to mention that they constitute the other 50% of the world’s population seems pretty important to me! I’m sorry – It’s the Pluviophilia in me that I have no control of. My Pluviophillic attacks seem to be sporadic and the symptoms suddenly appear almost without warning.

Recently I started telling a group of people that I believe that people get the government that they deserve. Get it? If majority rules (silly belief I know) then the majority will, and does elect the exact future that they choose. People create their own suffering but then blame others!

I also believe if it’s not working you should fix it. If your actions are not serving you, you should change your actions. I believe that love is an action that needs to be visibly illustrated every possible moment. Not once or twice a year on birthdays or Valentine’s Day. Silly ideas and beliefs I know, but I can’t help it, it’s my Pluviophilia talking.

I’m actually seeing someone about my condition because it’s tough and lonely living in a state of common sense and logic.

In my last therapy session I shocked my therapist when I began to laugh hysterically at a person who ordered a chemically filled Coke light with a cheeseburger and chips because they were on diet. I’ve had to stop watching television because I never know when an attack is going to occur as television seems to bring out many episodes.  I saw a demonstration with people complaining about American capitalism wearing their Levi jeans, drinking Coca-Cola and using their Apple devices to Whats-app, Facebook and Tweet about the event. The next news event had members of the Communist Party arriving at a rally in their million Rand BMWs and Armani suits. And I had to lay down when the EFFpeople started spewing nonsense, and I mean non-sense to people who actually believed it!  My Pluviophilia went through the roof; I was in a total “toestand” and just had to have a slice of chocolate cake!

Just yesterday I tried to explain to a sales team that if they wanted to sell more they should; see more qualified people; be exceptional at what they deliver and close more. They stared at me as if I was mad. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be judged and looked at as if you are a mentally unstable person that has a disability? I think I should actually qualify to park in the handicapped parking. That’s it – I’m applying for a sign! My condition requires me to park close to the entrance because I get an uncontrollable urge to punk slap some drivers who wait and block the parking area, or drive ultra-slowly up and down for ages trying to find a parking spot at the door, when hundreds are available just a few meters away!

This month’s message is a community service and awareness exercise to get the word out that Pluviophilia is an actual condition, one that has been misdiagnosed for many years, up until now.

So if you are constantly being ostracised for things like telling the truth; standing up for the weak or for what is right.If you actually like Nataniel; spending time alone; making meaningful moments with people you care about; if you smile at strangers and love running in the rain or just watching it fall; if you love cuddling up all snug on a rainy day: you too could be a Pluviophile.

Unfortunately treatment is not covered by medical aid and it is not tax-deductible but just know that you are not alone. It is a lonely life unless you seek others out and start a support group. I’m thinking about having a retreat for fellow sufferers – it’ll have to be at a place that rains a lot so that we can cuddle up and drink hot chocolate, after dancing in the rain.

It’s not easy being different but its fun spreading the dis-ease. Pluviophiles unite!

Oh! Look at that, it’s gonna rain again – Am Happy!

Have a great month!

Gavin Sharples


  1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
  2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
  3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
  4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
  5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

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