When Old Men are Snoring

As a Southern California girl, I admittedly don’t know all that much about rainstorms.  They are a pretty rare occurrence around here, but when they do happen, it is pretty big news.  Flip on the TV in Southern California in the middle of a week-long rainstorm and it will probably be the top news-story on virtually every channel (unless of course there is also a high-speed car chase going on…but that’s another story).

Of course, with the technology we have today, we can usually predict when a storm is coming.  We check our iPhones or weather.com before we get dressed in the morning and we know if we can wear a t-shirt or if we’ll need a jacket.  It’s a nice little system we have going for us.

Still, there are those times when the weatherman gets it wrong and doesn’t warn us about that upcoming storm.  I remember a particular day in high school when my car was being worked on so I had to drive my dad’s jeep to class.  I thought it would be so fun to drive without the top on it.  …Bad idea.  A sunny morning somehow allowed a massive hailstorm to sneak in by the time I was in 5th period English.

If I had known it was going to hail that day, I would have either put the top on the jeep the night before, or gotten a ride to school with a friend that morning.  It wouldn’t have changed the fact that I would be caught in the middle of a hailstorm, but it would have saved the interior of the car from getting soaked, as well as lessened my panic as I looked out the window of my English class.

But the fact was that I didn’t know what was going to happen that day.  In every day life, just like we can’t always see the storm coming in the weather, we also don’t always know when we’re most likely going to be hit over the head with some unforeseen and maybe even painful turn of events.

Does this mean we should live every moment expecting the worst in people and out of every situation we face?  Definitely not.  We don’t walk around in raincoats and carry umbrellas when it’s 75 and sunny on the off chance that it might rain.  If the rain does catch us off-guard, we can either let it ruin our day or we can adapt and move on.  The one thing we can’t do is ignore it; because whether you want it to or not, the rain is going to fall on you.

When faced with an unexpected “storm” in life, the only thing that is clear is that we have to react in some manner.  The way we react is entirely up to us.