Archive for March, 2012

March 19, 2012

It’s Raining. It’s Pouring. It Turns Out – I’m Mourning..

Here it comes. The “I TOLD YOU SO”. Over a year ago when I told my Arizona friends that I was moving to San Francisco – all I heard was ‘but it rains so much there.. it’s like Seattle!!’. Well… my disclaimer is that it doesn’t quite rain as much as Seattle, but I certainly got a run for my money this past week.

It turns out, that last year San Francisco didn’t get as much rain as it usually does. It turns out, that I had never really experienced the rainy season in San Francisco. It turns out, it can actually rain for an entire week – NONSTOP. You can go to bed with the rain, and wake up to the rain…for seven days in a row. And it turns out, I’m not a big fan of that.

There are a few things in life that I truly am in love with. The color green, people, M&Ms, sunflowers, country music, and yup – you guessed it, the sun. I don’t need absolute heat, discomfort and torture you get in the Arizona summers, though. Just every few days I’d like some blue skies and that big ‘ole sun hugging on my skin. It turns out, when I don’t get to see the sun for seven days straight – I go a little stir crazy.

Last week was quite the interesting one for me. And to spare you the dramatic details of a depressing diary – just know that the rainy, cold, cloudy days did not help the cause. While my not so lavish love life went pouring down the drain, so did several inches of rain and my pride. It was difficult to remember that not so far away, my friends and family were enjoying warm weather, spring training games, and pool sessions. I know, you told me so.

But of course, there has to always be a happy ending. There was a certain point, in a certain night, with a certain friend – that I just finally let it go. I had to just laugh. I had to just stop hating the weather and start changing my attitude. I had to laugh at my umbrella that was getting absolutely demolished in the wind, the fact that I had been wearing rain boots for seven days straight, and that everyone around me was still as happy as always even though they too, were in the same storm as I was. All I had to do – was change my perspective of the rain. I’ve heard a good quote that I’m living by right now. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.”

And that’s exactly what I had to do. That night, I didn’t mind the rain so much. I stomped in some puddles, I laughed with my friends, and I didn’t take myself so seriously. It turns out, I can handle the rain. And guess what? The sun came out the very next morning – AND I got to wear green all day long.

After the rain, the sun will come out shining again. And when it does, it feels even better than ever. It turns out, that crappy week is now down the drain. So maybe the next time you’re sick of something or want something to change, just try changing the way you think about it.

“Tomorrow’s Another Day,
And I’m thirsty anyway,
So bring on the rain. ” – JDM