There’s something magical about walking in the rain. I never used to think this way. When I was 14, I was on a milk run – which is where we delivered bottles of milk to peoples houses. Often it was done in the rain, which was cold and wet. No matter how much wet weather gear you had on, you would get soaked. As we did a hilly part of the City I lived in, it often got quite treacherous, often slipping with glass bottles in your hand. Messy if you smashed one before you fell on top of it.
Anyway, back to the GOOD stuff! It is only in recent times that I have discovered walking or dancing in the rain. I think it was my mid twenties, walking home from a night in town when there was a sudden downpour. I got soaked! But I laughed and danced in it – and no, I wasn’t drunk! It was exhilarating! So freeing! I couldn’t believe how liberating it was to just let loose and dance and skip around like a child! Why hadn’t I done it before? Because I hated getting wet!
Then there is the lightbulb moment when I discovered negative ions, and how rain (steam, light mist, anything like that) creates negative ions which helps the creativity part of the rain. Another positive reason to get outside when its raining.
When I spent time at Kotuku House I decided to do some art, and while working in the art room, I came across a saying that really resonated with me. It said,
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to Dance in the Rain.
Man, that saying just told me everything I needed right at that moment in time. I was weathering a storm. I was there to have a break from my stressful family situation, to help with my depression. I shouldn’t be hiding from the storm, staying inside and sheltering, I should be making the most of it and learning about the situation, so I can dance through the next storm, I could handle the next time things got stressful.
Wow. Dancing in the rain! Who would have thought! It was the furtherest thing from my mind when I was on the milk run, I just wanted to get warm and dry, but now, I can’t get out in the rain enough. I will walk to the shop, walk my son to school, walk myself to school, anything to just get out there and experience the raindrops on my face.
I learnt to handle my stress in a different way. Yoga, breathing, reading, writing, doing art, all of these things help me to reduce the stress in my life, so when things get stressful, I have lots of different ways to handle the situation. Now when things get strained at home, I just do one of my favourite activities, and breathe, and tune into my body. I know what my triggers are, and can work with them to reduce the harm that is done. I’ve learnt to dance in the rain.
I drew a picture of dancing in the rain, but I like this one. I wish as a child, I got to spend more time out in the rain.