It’s a (very) rainy day here at college. Our college was built on a swamp, so when it rains, it pours. When it pours, it puddles, and it puddles a lot. (Yes I am using ‘puddle’ as a verb. You understand what I mean now. Okay.)
One of the most important items all upperclassmen told me to bring to school was: rainboots. They are oh so necessary here, because walking across campus in a constant downpour is less than ideal, especially with water-soluble shoes.
I enjoy the rain. But I don’t like getting wet. Well no, I like getting wet, I just don’t like coming inside being wet. I think about Singing in the Rain a lot when I’m walking in the rain, thinking how easy it would be to sing and dance without a care of how wet you’re getting. But then I realize, I have to go inside and see real people, and that vision dissipates (unlike the water from my clothes).
I don’t know exactly where this is from, but I found this image on Pinterest one time and I fell in love with it immediately. It’s such a simple five word phrase, yet its quaintness and simplicity remark on the beauty of rain..but maybe that’s just the English major in me.
Pinterest has TONS of images with quotes about rain on them.
I just love them! Rain is used as a symbol for overcoming obstacles a lot- we know that it’s raining, but we also know that there will be a time (in the near future, most likely, unless you’re Noah..) where it won’t be raining anymore. Now apply it to your life. Are you going through a hard time/rough patch? It’s okay to see it as rain. But that doesn’t mean you can’t rejoice in the rain, for you will get out of it, no matter what.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week for my school, so we’ve been having programs each day about how to stay mentally healthy. If you’re struggling with anything, go read some rain quotes.
It’s just a little rain, and soon the sun will come.
Patience is a virtue.
One that I really really really don’t have.
I don’t like waiting for things. I use the microwave more because it heats up food faster than an oven. I don’t like talking on the phone, because there’s so much etiquette and unnecessary conversational pauses that just take up too much time. In the time I spend waiting for an extraordinary amount of things, I could have accomplished a whole lot more off my to-do list.
(The ironic thing is I don’t have a problem with patience when I’m in my car. I don’t hate getting stopped by red lights, and only recently have I become slightly annoyed at “under the speed limit” drivers. I can be as patient as I need to be in a car.)
But, as soon as I’m out and about or in the zone, if you take up a little too much of my time, I get really frustrated.
I injured myself skating over a week ago. Unfortunately, it has kept me from skating, which has only served to increase my anxiety and impatience. I just want to know what’s wrong with me, so they can fix it, and I can get back to skating. I haven’t had as much to do for the last week, and I’ve grown very frustrated waiting for answers.
I know a lot of people who are frustrated waiting for answers. We all want to know about the future- where am I supposed to go to college, what job am I supposed to have, what does my boss expect me to wear today- all of these questions about the future are fueled by impatience and increase anxiety.
However, if we remember to slow down and take it one day at a time, I think it’s easier to find a little bit more patience. If we tell ourselves, “We just have to wait until tomorrow, you can wait until then,” in any problem you have, chances are you will feel a lot better and less frustrated.
Sidenote: This does not work with homework/schoolwork. If you have that, DO NOT BE PATIENT WITH IT. Get it done right now. Stop reading this and do it. Sorry.
As I’m getting older, my patience is wearing thinner. I’m about to embark on the crazy journey of mixed up beginner adulthood, and I’m going to need all the self control, patience, and anxiety reducing techniques as I can find.
Do you have a method to help you deal with being impatient? Let me know!