Learn to dance in the rain

2020 is about isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s learning to dance in the rain.

My daughter asked me “Mom, if 2020 was a food, what would it be?”

I blurted out “Zucchini”. Everyone just burst out laughing because they knew that would be my answer. I absolutely hate Zucchini. After a few minutes though I changed my answer. “Olives”, I said, “2020 is like Olives”.

See, Olives have are an acquired taste. 1st time I tasted them, I couldn’t stomach them at all and thought I would never indulge in that disgusting fruit. I don’t even know why they are referred to as fruit. Surely they can’t be related to mangoes, cherries, peaches, almonds, and pistachios. It’s impossible. Then the next time I had Olives, they where sneaked in my meal. I somehow enjoyed every single bite. People tend to view the label of ‘acquired taste’ in a negative light, but we rather like the idea of growing to like certain tastes as we get older. It means there’s still so much to discover!

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass

During the past few months, the lock down and social distancing rules have tested us mentally. At first being isolated from friends and extended family, we felt as if we are losing our minds. We thought we’d never survive without alcohol, restaurants, travel. The sudden change left us confused and paralyzed with fear. Balancing working from home and homeschooling seemed impossible. Everything felt unnatural and unsettling, a place nobody wanted to be.

As days went by, and our minds started to adapt. We remembered that our greatest freedom lies in choosing our attitude. Instead of making a mental list of all the things I missed or was unable to do, I turned my attention to everything I could do. I kept my list simple and included things that I had wanted to give my time to, but hadn’t due to the constraints of my busy lifestyle. This included reading a book, playing games with the kids , some dance time and relaxing DIY projects for my house. We cooked more and found ourselves again within the chaos.

Without doubt, this has been the most challenging year world wide. But I do believe that humans are like butterflies. When we are broken, we’re like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn’t form when the person wasn’t broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It’s during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Stop, breathe and dance in that storm. You’ve got this.

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12 thoughts on “Learn to dance in the rain

  1. I really love this post. We’ve been through so much this year, and more still seems to be coming. It’s important that we learn how to roll with it and be happy in spite of it.

  2. I always believe in the saying that ” there is always a sunshine after the rain”. So no matter how dark or how hard the situations always believe that it will end and it will help you to become stronger. Always look for a brighter side in any situations.

  3. This is such a well-written piece. Everyday, even in the mundane, we can choose to see little pockets of sunshine. And in every little piece we find, we can be filled with new-found hope and experience the miracles in the chaos.

  4. Loved, loved, LOVED this post! Though 2020 is a bit of a storm, I do have to say… I too, love to (literally) dance in the rain. So why not metaphorically dance in the rain coming down on us during 2020, too?

  5. So true! Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about making the best of it. Whether getting out in and dancing, or sitting inside and just enjoying the lightning and thunder. I have tried my best to enjoy life during this crazy 2020. I even started a new tradition of every monday evening trying out a new restaurant with my buddy. We are trying to support the local businesses and discover new eating places. Good times!

  6. I agree, Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about enjoying the moment. Being in the midst of the rain makes you stronger and ready for the next challenges in life.

  7. Great post, this year has been super challenging for some, especially for small business owners. I think a few people will definitely come out stronger though from all this. It sure makes you appreciate the smaller things in life.

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