I’d don’t know what the weather is like where y’all are, but here in Charleston it’s pretty miserable. I’m talking about non-stop rain for nearly three days straight now, and being trapped in your own house because all the streets leading to anything are flooded.
Fun, right? Not especially. The first night of thunderstorms was a little bit exciting, not gonna lie, but when you have to hit the laundromat desperately and are running out of dinners, it’s gets a little bit old not being able to run the necessary errands.
I mean, since Friday life has literally stopped. Things that need to be mailed can’t be, places that are typically opened are now closed, and the power has gone off more times then I can count. It forces you to slow down, to really slow down.
Although it’s easy to get frustrated about this whole situation easily, there is a brighter perspective to this unexpected halt in life. I’ve gotten three days to do, well, nothing. To embrace the very, very small things that I normally overlook or don’t bother doing.
I’m now allowing time for the fun things. Things like, sitting down in the middle of the day and watching a movie, surrounded with blankets and pillows. Like drinking more tea then what’s probably healthy, like playing a three-hour game of Monopoly without any power. Like completely cleaning house, and cooking meals that (in my humble opinion) challenge some chain-restaurant entrees. Like sleeping in and spending way to long in my pajamas.
And although all of these things are small things, they are happy things, they are necessary things.
Of course, the old saying is true: Everything in moderation. Realistically I can’t spend every day so care-free. But maybe this storm is teaching me to slow down and take time for the small things a little bit more, to enjoy the necessary things that usually I fly by, to take life at a slightly more manageable pace.
Thanks, Joaquin. Or unnamed storm. Thanks, whatever piece of weather is causing this mess- because despite the major inconvenience, you’ve actually helped me out.