Dancing In The Rain

You’ve most likely heard the saying, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I came across this picture last week. I remember hearing this when I was much younger, and thinking..”Who wouldn’t want to dance in the rain? That sounds like fun!”

Little did I know.

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Now, as an adult having faced some of life’s most enduring challenges..illness, death, and loss, I understand what this saying really means. When things aren’t going as we planned, expected or hoped, it’s about embracing those experiences and living in the moment, anyway.

This is no easy practice to apply.

Last weekend, my sister Ivan and two of my cousins, Huda and Linda were visiting . (I’m currently visiting my sister Nina in Philadelphia) We planned to go out and see some of the sites in the city and spend the day outside. When we made it to our first stop, the famous Rocky statue, it started raining. We tried waiting it out, but it didn’t let up. So we decided to leave and find a coffee shop where we could sit inside and wait for the weather to clear up. As soon as we arrived to the central part of the city, it started pouring down rain. There went our plans for the day.

The five of us huddled under an awning and waited impatiently as we watched the rain come down. Immediately, I started to think how annoying it was that the rain had ruined our plans. But then I caught myself. Instead of thinking that our day was ruined, I thought, why not make the most of it? You can’t change the weather. How often do the five of us get to spend time together (we each live in different cities) and just slow down? In fact, that moment is what made me recall the saying, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

That’s what I’ve been learning, especially over the past year. We all make big plans for life, and we expect life to act accordingly. But often times, our plans, big or small, don’t work out the way we want them to.  And when that happens, it’s easy for us to feel discouraged or frustrated. I’ve found myself in situations saying, “This is not how it’s supposed to be.” Or “This is not what I was expecting.”  But instead of backing away, and waiting for things to change or get better,  we can appreciate our experiences for what they are.

Our day in the rain was just a small thing. But I thought, if I could adapt this way of thinking to ordinary things, then maybe I could learn to see the bigger plans that don’t work out the way I hoped, as opportunities to embrace too. I think the true test of our character comes when things don’t turn out quite the way we want, but we go forward with grace anyway.

Have you recently had an experience that made you think of this saying? Maybe it was an important event in your life, or a vacation you planned? Or even a social activity you were looking forward to? Please share if you have.

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3 thoughts on “Dancing In The Rain

  1. Love you Summer!! I really enjoy reading your blog. Life is definitely about taking the situation that you’re given or put into and making the decision that you are going to focus on the positive. I got disenrolled from ROTC when I was just one semester short of commissioning. On top of that I was told that I was going to have to involuntarily go into the Air Force as an enlisted member. When I first found out I was devastated, I felt like the last four years I’d dedicated to the program were a complete waste of time. I cried about it and felt like everything was ruined. But then I picked myself back up and decided that I was going to make the best of the situation I’d been given. Enlisting gave me so many things that I never would have gotten if things hadn’t worked out the way they did. It allowed me to live in Las Vegas, become a mental health technician and make a positive difference in people’s lives, gave me a lifelong military family and introduced me to my husband. I couldn’t see the bigger picture at the time but now I understand that I was supposed to take a different path.

    • Hi Danielle! It’s so nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for reading. It really means a lot to me. I never imagined that writing it would give me an opportunity to reconnect with old friends. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with ROTC, but I am so happy that enlisting in the Air Force turned out to be a blessing in disguise for you. I love hearing these stories! It’s so hard to see it when you’re going through it, but I’ve been told that you’re able to see things clearly when you look back at them. I’m hoping for the same clarity. Thank you for sharing your story with me. It’s so great to hear from you!

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