When I was a kid, like many of you, I enjoyed playing in the rain. Not just jumping in the puddles and watching the water splash, but feeling the drops as you are outside in the giant natural shower. I imagine it’s partly the reason when you grow up that you prefer taking a shower to taking a bath. The sensation of drops of water hitting your skin is an amazing feeling.
The other day, when it was raining and I had to go out somewhere, I thought about not wanting to get wet and having to wait for the rain to die down a little bit because I didn’t want to be soaked for where I was going. It got me thinking about how little adults tend to like going out in the rain. When it’s raining we tend to stay indoors and watch TV or take part in other indoor activities. I wonder when that happens.
When does the kid who enjoyed the rain turn into the adult who dislikes the rain and will act like a cat avoiding a bath? When do we start thinking about not wanting to have wet clothes, or let the “gloomy clouds” keep us inside instead of being able to enjoy the rain like we once did? Did it happen overnight? Was there a switch that flipped and when was it flipped? As a teenager? As an adult with even more responsibilities?
As I got to thinking about it, I’ve decided that I want to do something about it. Next time it rains (and it’s not a thunderstorm, don’t go getting hit by lightning), I’m going to get out and enjoy it. No umbrellas. No worry about wet clothes. No worry about what others might think of that guy out running around or dancing in the rain. I’m just going to go out and enjoy the feeling of the rain hitting my skin. I’m going to go out and enjoy a day I would normally remain indoors. I’m going to make sure I reconnect with that inner child that loved playing in the rain.
I think you should, too. A rainy day is not a bad thing. It shouldn’t leave us feeling down, or feeling like we can’t enjoy the day. If you feel like you don’t want to go out in the rain, then do something else to reconnect with the inner child. Play some board games or card games. Build a blanket fort and crawl around in it. Turn off the TV and connect with your kids and yourself. Make a rainy day one you can enjoy just as much as a sunny day.
Time to go play in the rain.
Until next time,