Shit happens. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it pours. Sometimes a storm wakes you up at four in the morning with a cacophony of rolling thunder. Sometimes it sounds like you’re under attack; sometimes it genuinely feels that way too.
The truth is, as much as we’d like to, we can’t control the things that happen to us. We are destined to the depths of destiny. What will be, will be. Man plans and God laughs.
The control freak deep down inside me screams at the idea of being reactionary, he screams at the idea of being nothing more than a passive, reactionary entity but in this game of life we can't control the input, however, we can control the output.
We can let a light drizzle ruin our day, or we can learn to dance in the rain. We can focus on our frizzy hair and damp clothes or we can appreciate the beauty of the neon street lights glistening in the puddle. We can focus on the disruption or we can focus on the glorious post-storm scent that fills the air. The choice is ours.
When we’re overworked and tired it can be easy to be dragged down into focusing on the negative and we can wallow in the nuisance of it all.
“Of course, it would be me that gets caught in the bloody rain, wouldn’t it! Why is it always me, for crying out loud what have I gotta do to catch a break!”
Sometimes, all it takes is a step back to reevaluate. Sometimes all it takes is a decision to see things differently. A decision to appreciate life in all its glory, come rain or shine.
Unfortunately, there will be times where the storm is just too heavy; there will be times of severe flooding. If we tried to dance in the rain here we’d quickly end up drowning. Being in a storm is tough, it really is, but when these storms do come, it’s important to remember that there’s very little we can do other than stock up on necessities, grab a few friends, find high ground and wait for it to pass. Sometimes the storm rages on for weeks, sometimes months. Sometimes it feels as if the storm will never pass but in these moments, we must remember; we’ve weathered every storm that’s come before.
Each and every time we’ve made it through and this time we’ll get through it too.
Life might not be the same once the floods have cleared but the truth is life never is the same. It changes on a minute level every single moment. Just think back, what was your life like a year ago? How about three? Our lives are changing every moment and eventually they end up unrecognisable. The beauty of drastic change lies in the fact we can actually see it. We can use it. We can choose the direction we wish to go. The flood may be the signal you needed to move to safer pastures (change your environment) or it may be the signal you need to finally build defences (learn the skills and thought processes to help in times of need).
The truth is, life is neutral. Life isn’t out to get us, but it isn’t out to comfort us either. Life is Life and we have to use it to our advantage. We have to use our pain and we have to use our hurt. It is such a great feeling to turn a painful experience into a moment of growth, to take a negative and make it a positive. If we don’t it can feel like life is designed to break us. We have the power to change our destination; it just takes a few steps in the right direction.
Sometimes we’ve got to dance in the rain and sometimes we’ve got to let the storm pass. Whatever happens, remember, no life survives a drought. Rain can be destructive but rain brings water and water brings life. Know yourself and know your surroundings. Know when to dance and know when to pass.