You know the saying “when it rains it pours”? It is a phrase commonly used to describe when a lot of something (good or bad) happens at once. I have been reflecting on the timings of things in life and this phrase has come top of mind. I have noticed over the course of my adulthood, everything seems to happen at once, and then maybe nothing much happens at all. For example, during a solid three-year run everything MAJOR seemed to happen our lives. We got engaged, got married, got a dog, moved three times, bought a house, started jobs which helped launch our careers and finances, quit said jobs to start new adventures, started my husband’s business, and traveled to more cities, states and countries than I can count. All amazing things, and at the time it seemed as if life would never slow down. I cannot tell you how many times my husband and I would say we were waiting for a break in events.
Then came 2015. Life has definitely stayed busy, however slightly uneventful in comparison to previous years. It had been a year of less focus on us and more focus on others, where we had learned (and enjoyed) a lot. It had been months of hard work and dedication to our future. More than anything, the last 18 months seems to be a period of waiting. We kept finding ourselves saying things like “if only something would hit now to get out businesses to the next level”, or “if only we could fast forward 6 months or a year to see what progresses with our house”, and “if only we had a baby or were pregnant”. Instead of saying “when it rains it pours”, we feel like we are “waiting for a raindrop in a drought”. (Side note, we literally are waiting for rain in this Southern California drought, no pun intended).
As we wait things do seem less chaotic and we have been allowed us to focus on what is important. It has also given us the opportunity to learn new things, figure out how we are going to get to the next destination, look forward to it, and savor what we have now. So instead of “waiting for a raindrop”, I am going to say we are “making hay while the sun shines”. Taking full advantage of this waiting period will get us far. Remembering how waiting made us feel will keep us grounded in the next round of chaos. I am grateful for these moments, and I know we will be able to perform our best in the ever-changing seasons of life.