Learn to Love the Rain …

I’ve always been one of those people who love the rain.  It started in high school when I was a high jumper and everyone just HATED the rain.  As a high jumper, if it’s raining, you are not only going to get wet but rather SOAKED because each time you hit the mat after a jump, the water sprays up on landing and then you sink into whatever is left.  Not ideal but kinda cool, right?  And then when I figured out how much other jumpers despised the rain, it made me giddy.  Their bad attitude fed my fire and I always excelled in the rain.  Good times, photo below from my freshman year, spring of 1989. 

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Not much has changed since then other than the 13 lbs I gained and the fact that I couldn’t jump that high if someone paid me, I still giggle inappropriately when people are pissed off, and I still love the rain.  

Today, however, I look at the rain a little differently.  It’s calming.  Cool.  Refreshing.  Restorative.  I see the rain for what it is for the environment, washing away all the dust, dirt, grime and helping nature clean up our mess.  It’s the nourishment for the trees and flowers that are in full bloom.  We need the rain.

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On the weekends, a rainy day is a good excuse to stay inside, sleep in and restore the body and the soul.  It gives us a break to spend time with the family catching up, hanging out and just being together.  It slows the world down, if only for a bit, as everyone takes time to refresh and restore themselves, just as Mother Nature intended for the outside world.

Rain is a good thing.  If you haven’t taken a minute to go out and run in the rain, try it.  Everything is different.  Quiet.  Glistening.  Refreshed.  Restored. 

Take a hint from Mother Nature, follow her lead.  Just as our outside world needs to take a break from the chaos, so does our body and soul.  Don’t be afraid to just chill on a rainy day and soak up your surrounds.  Allow yourself to feel the calm.  Allow yourself to refresh.  Allow yourself to restore and replenish.  Allow yourself to repair.  We need the rain.

** Learn to Love the Rain ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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8 thoughts on “Learn to Love the Rain …

  1. Running in the rain is pretty refreshing, I just don’t care for it when it’s simply pouring and cars are splashing muddy water on me. But a nice drizzle – yes! The only thing I dislike the rain for is that it makes my commutes awful.

  2. Just finished up a nice run in the rain. I think (for me) the key is to remember to enjoy it. Maybe it won’t be the speedy run that was planned, but it’s good for all!

  3. Saved responding to this one cause I was down in Will County doing the turtle trapping sub-contract work for Illinois Natural History Survey doing big inventory of sand area preserves owned by Will County FPD. Yes…rain can be and is refreshing experience. But days ago in warm-front deluge that I was out there wading through swamps and water over-topping my hip-boots…my fingers numb….my Write-in-the-Rain notebook drenched and soggy and having difficulty writing in the rain to record the necessary data…didn’t find it so refreshing…and at times…found myself giving the “big finger” to the sky and shouting….”FU.” I guess you can find the “beauty” in it all and other times the “beast”….all a matter of the context one finds self in? “And I wonder…still I wonder….who’ll stop the rain” ….lyrics from CCR’s epic release…Cosmo’s Factory…and I wanted it to stop…just so I could get the damn job done.

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