Zella loves the rain. She had her green froggy boots on this morning and was excitedly waiting to get out of the car so she could jump in puddles. She didn’t care about getting her clothes or legs wet. Unlike me, she wasn’t in a hurry to get inside. She laughed when some huge raindrops landed on her head and held out her hand to feel the water droplets land on her skin.
Her delight reminded me that rain is good. The year I lived in Seattle, it rained almost every single day for nine months. When it is sunny, Seattle is the most beautiful city in the country. When it rains for so many days in a row, it can be depression-inducing.
To improve my quality of life in Seattle, I decided I need to learn how to make peace with the rain. I read a book called The Good Rain, which helped me understand how the ecosystem in the Puget Sound area thrives because of the rain. I learned to appreciate the rain for the sake of the plants and the trees and all the interconnected species of life. I started biking in the rain and walking the beaches of Puget Sound in the rain. I learned how to see the rain as good.
This morning, inspired by Zella’s rainy play and my memories of living in rainy Seattle, I decided to put on my raincoat and go for a walk. I was the only one out walking around the lake. Eventually, I even took off my hood and let the cool raindrops soak into my hair and drip down my face. I stopped, closed my eyes, and let myself be fully embraced by the rain. It was pure joy!