In retrospect, I realize life was never as complicated as I made it seem.
I put stress on myself and raced to meet the end of some stupid deadline.
My entire days, all 24 hours of them, would be filled with work and heavy thoughts.
My relationships were worthless as I bided my time with worthless people.
I guess you could say that I was dead inside.
Honestly, I am not quite sure what day of the week it was specifically that all of that "sick" living changed.
It was in March..or maybe April...about 11 years ago.
However, I remember the event itself clearly:
It was storming like mad.
A woman was walking down the street in the rain. She was walking at a smooth pace as if it wasn't raining at all.
I slowly drove by and shook my head in disbelief. My heart felt heavy so I made a u-turn and pulled up beside the woman.
My car inched up beside her, lowered my window and asked, "Would you like a ride?"
The woman, a black lady of about 50 years old, turned to me with a gold-toothed smile on her face.
"No, honey, I am just happy to feel the rain. I haven't done this since I was a child...but thanks all the same."
After another attempt at giving her a lift, she politely declined again and finished her stroll as content as before.
I was immediately breathless. It was like a rush of adrenaline.
In that moment, I longed to be as happy as that woman was. From then on, I decided to be.
Seriously, my mind shifted in that moment. It was clear that life was learning that what may seem like an inconvenience, is really a chance to be cleansed anew.
Rain, like troubles, is guaranteed to come. You'll either be setback or strengthened by refusing to allow it take you off your path.
Right then and there, I ended poor relationships and put myself first: My car sat parked on the side of the road when I called my ex and told him to kiss my ass in 20 different ways.
Fumbling with the phone, I told him to have a good life because I definitely would.
My job gave me a promotion when I went in the next morning and told them I wasn't appreciated.
That was 11 years ago and I haven't looked back and the successes continued.
Although, I never knew that woman walking in the rain, she changed my life forever.
I've met many rainy days since but I view them differently now.
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