Friday, November 22, 2013

I know sometimes it's gonna rain

There are two types of people in the world: Planners and well non-planners.

I was thinking about this today while I was driving through WKU campus in the rain....

WARNING: The following is going to be highly metaphorical and will require quite a bit of reading between the lines... I am writing about rain boots... I am not really talking about rain boots.

Something I noticed while I was driving to work was that of the thousands of students walking to class in the rain, there was an overwhelming amount that were not properly dressed for the drizzly day. They were walking around with long jeans and flip flops (I don't think anything in the world is worse the walking around in wet blue jeans all day). I could see them blinking rapidly as the rain was pelting them in the face as they hurried to their next destination... They were definitely not prepared. 

But then there were those decked out with their rain boots and parkas. They had fancy umbrellas and top of the line rain coats. They were well aware of the inclement weather before heading out, in fact they most likely didn't run out and buy these items that morning. They probably bought them months ago, in anticipation that one day, it might rain. 

Preparation is a good thing... because let's face it, no one enjoys walking in the rain on a cold day.

But is preparation always a good thing? Isn't it equally important to be spontaneous and have a sense of wonder and excitement?

You see, I think the tough thing about growing up, is that we become planners, because well, we learn that it's no fun to be wet all day. But in becoming planners, we become overly cautious. 

We run out and buy our rain boots, and instead of checking the forecast, we decided to wear our rain boots... every single day... just in case... 

Because you never know when it might rain. 

My best advice? Keep the rain boots for, well a rainy day. But don't be so afraid of the rain that you refuse to get wet at all. 

Make plans for the rain, but don't live your life in fear of getting caught up in a shower. 

Yeah, its a little risky, but it is impossible to enjoy today's sunshine if you are so worried about tomorrow's rain. 

"Some people feel the rain, others just get wet" 
(Playing in the rain with my MCUSA friends back in 2007)

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