So where does the concept come from? Personally, I like to think that rain is the perfect motif for life not going quite to plan. No matter how in control of a situation you are, you can never control the weather.
And relationships always come with an element of uncertainty. When I was 16 I went on an expedition with my school to Venezuala. Everything seemed to go wrong. Half the team were ill, our guide kept forgetting to collect vital supplies and morale was appalling. And then it began to rain. Full on torrential rain. It rained so hard that newly formed rivers ran down the mountainside around us. Most of the group began to cry. But one girl began to laugh.
She was in remission from childhood cancer, and this trip had been a focal point for her recovery. Only she could put the situation into perspective. Yes, we were soaking — but we were in the Andes soaking!! Her laughter was infectious, and together we stood in the pouring rain, soaked to the bone, but laughing so hard that that memory was one of my best from the whole trip.
And I know that, whenever I meet him, my ideal life partner is someone who can stand in the face of a storm and start laughing.
Someone who makes even the most awful situation bearable. No, it may not have been as romantic as Ryan Gosling in a wet t-shirt in a thunderstorm, but it carried the same determined love that punctuates the rest of the Notebook movie — a couple so in love with each other, that when one forgets the other, he devotes his life to helping her remember again.
But often the most revealing tells of a personality come with the unexpected downpours. Or will he grumble and complain, or worse, disappear? With soaked hair, or mascara running down your face! The right person for you will find you beautiful regardless. In the final episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted Mosby had the most romantic argument of his life, with his future wife, about who owned the yellow umbrella.
Standing in the rain, on a station platform viewers had been shown over and over, we all fell in love with the character Tracy, because the conversation tied up the best part of ten years, in a neat, and extremely Ted-like conversation.
Arguably the reason so many HIMYM fans demanded an alternate ending to the series, which finished at that exact moment!