You don’t have to wait too long to find yourself smack in the middle of one of those rainy days. As about seventy one percent of the earth’s surface is made up of water, I would say that it should be a most common occurrence. One we’ve seen before. One we’ve accepted before. Something we are able to make peace with, but that is not the case for many of us.
Some people just abhor rainy days. They say that it brings them down. Makes them miserable. Not to mention what it does to their hair but being bald, I have to be honest with you, that I don’t really share in their pain. It is one of the great benefits of being folic-ally challenged. But back to rain.
I have made my peace with rain a long time ago. Rain really had no problem with me, but it is I who had an issue with rain, and that was silly of me. Those rainy days are very useful. They keep us inside. The gather us together when otherwise we would scatter about everywhere, but perhaps that is problem, isn’t it? Rain gathers us together and when we are together or find ourselves alone with ourselves, our lives are not what we hope for them to be? Rain exposes something about our lives that the sun manages to hide.
In the sun, we can pretend to smile and imagine everything is fine. Our debt will one day magically disappear. Our marriages, without any real communication or hard work will one day just get better. Our children will learn discipline if we only give them everything they want out of life and bubble wrap them against the storms that they are sure to face.
We can pretend all we want, but thankfully we have those rainy days. Days filled with wetness. Days filled with that uncomfortable feeling of wanted to be someone we’ve always wanted of being.
Those rainy days are here for you to fall in love with your life all over again. They are here to give you a chance to take a deep breath and realize that you have come a long way and that you can choose to go wherever you wish. You can’t go anywhere you wish right now. That would be silly. Some things take time and persistence, but you can certainly choose to go there if your heart desires.
Rainy days give us time. They steal back some time, we would otherwise waste frolicking about, wasting with insignificant patio conversations, but the rain draws us in.
Why not harness the rain? Why not marvel at a beautiful and luscious the world looks when it’s wet. All the colours pop. Everything smells more regrant and the same can be true of our own lives, if we only let it rain. If we do what we should be doing. If we let go chasing sunny days and embrace all days. All of them. The good and the not so good.
It’s time to embrace a new way of looking at ourselves. It’s time to embrace those rainy days.
Cover photo generously provided by photographer Matteo Catanese via unsplash.com