It’s been raining here, which is great for the grass and trees but not so much for me. I don’t like getting out in this kind of weather. It takes too much preparation; more than usual. I have to be extra cautious of where I maneuver my chair, the clothes I wear and the places I park. It’s not so easy making your way through a rainy, puddle filled parking lot in a wheelchair while attempting to hold onto an umbrella.
And the roads…the people on the roads drive crazy. Have you noticed? You would think a storm would slow them down, but for some reason it makes people drive even faster.
Just get me home snuggled up in my favorite chair, wearing my comfy PJs, and I love storms. I enjoy drifting off to sleep to the sound of the rain hitting the roof of the house. It has a soothing effect and lulls me to sleep even when I’m so tired I can’t get to sleep.
Storms in our life hit us the same way. When we are in the middle of the mess we don’t like it very much, especially if we have to get out and wade through the mud and puddles. It’s not easy trying to maneuver through financial difficulties on the way to your sons soccer game, or figure out how to juggle Multiple Sclerosis along with taking care of your family, or deal with the unexpected house repair on top of an oil leak in your car, or figure out how to work a full-time job while exhausted, fatigued and in constant pain.
If your life is anything like mine, life’s storms seem to come all at once too. You end up getting hit with tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes all at the same time. You don’t know whether to hide in your bathtub, under the dinning room table, in your closet or under the bed.
Yet even though the storms keep raging, the winds keep blowing and the ground keep shaking, there is always a place to ride out the storm. For me, I need time to myself away from the chaos and noise of other peoples opinions, chatter and constant static in order to clear my head and put my life into perspective. Sure, life is hard. I will be the first to admit that, but I have noticed that without the storms I face in life, I wouldn’t know what a beautiful day was.
When I pause to look at all my troubles, I find that even though there have been some really awful times I have been through…none were impossible. I always know deep inside that I will get through them just like I have gotten through every struggle I’ve ever faced in times past. Is it easy? Absolutely not, but I make it through. I have to remind myself of that from time to time.
I may never be able to stop the storms from coming, but I can hunker down with others like me and find a place to pause and rest. Together we can get through anything. Together we can face the worst of the worst and still find a bit of sunshine to warm our days. You are going to make it through these tough times. I promise you that.
Step out of the rain, the wind and the puddles, and rest from your worries today. Do something just for you. Get a manicure, treat yourself to a movie, eat a piece of cheesecake, take a long shower to clear your head, sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs, or take a much needed nap. Then when the storm passes, take a deep breath an relish in the pause. Sometimes they come too infrequently. That’s why we have to cherish them when they come. Many times that’s the only bit of sanity we get.
Just always remember that storms will come and can get quite overwhelming but they won’t last forever. You are stronger than any storm. Hang in there.