I had a bad day yesterday. I’m not sure how it became a bad day, and that’s not really the point, but it did.
Part of what started it was that it rained torrentially all day long. Seriously, buckets. Cats and dogs. All of it. And here I was, without rain boots (since it rarely rains here), without a rain coat (I’ve had maybe one in my whole life) and sans umbrella (the one I bought the last time it rained broke within a week, and I’m stubbornly resisting buying another). Not only that, but I miscalculated the intensity of the rain and decided to take the long route walking to work. And I had to run to the post office at lunch. What could have been a manageable weather situation just added to my distress because I didn’t have the tools to deal with it properly.
While I trudged around Manhattan, envying the smart people around me with umbrellas and galoshes galore, here’s what I realized: trying to make it through a rainy day without rain gear is like trying to get through a bad day without the proper tools. And, in fact, not that many of us have those tools. Most of us spend our bad days yelling at ourselves for forgetting our umbrellas at home and wondering how it is that everyone else was smart enough to bring theirs while we spend the day with numb toes, damp pants and frizzy hair. There’s also the fact that people are trying to sell us broken umbrellas all over the place that look like they’re going to keep us dry but just leave us wet and carrying around useless broken umbrellas. Broken umbrellas are things like sugar. And caffeine. And beer.
Actually, lots of us only learn how to find real umbrellas after we’ve had a few (or a ton of) run-ins with broken ones. Sometimes we forget where to find the real umbrellas. Sometimes it takes work to find the heavy duty rain gear we need to deal with the deluge, and we give up on ever finding it at all. But the thing is, there will always be another rainy day. Sooner or later, we’ll want to find ways to deal with that and make it to the other side of the storm without getting soaked. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have two excellent metaphorical umbrellas protecting me, even if I didn’t have any real ones. I had bookmarked blog posts from Havi and Christine just especially because I knew another day like this would come. Their words turned yesterday into something I could deal with. I may not have been as productive as I’d hoped, and I definitely didn’t achieve the loftier objectives on my To Do list, but I made it to the other side. And sometimes, just getting through is something to be proud of.
Do you have any especially useful rain gear for getting through the rainy days? Have you hadbroken umbrella run-ins that left you still looking for real ones?