I checked the weather prediction as always before leaving the house, the prediction was that there was a 35% chance of rain by the time I would be walking back from my Sunday walk. I had it all calculated, 30 minutes walk to the park – sit around and read a chapter of a book, enjoy the sound of water and appreciate nature then another 30 minutes walk back home. I am sure by now you can already guess what might have happened. 5 minutes into my walk it starts to get cloudy and windy, so I keep walking, bearing in mind the weather prediction, I still felt safe. A further 10 minutes and the wind continues but it also starts to drizzle…2 minutes later, heavy drizzle. I hesitate for a few minutes and start talking to myself as per usual. ‘Turn back…wait for the bus instead (then I discovered the next bus would be in 40 minutes)…okay just keep going, you are already half way there and you are already wet.”
I decided to keep going, to say the least i was pretty much drenched because the water and the wind were clearly conniving against me. I was going against the wind, so that meant my whole front was wet, and the back was dry. I made it to the park and after a little while it stopped raining and I managed to sit down for a while. If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s taught me mostly that regardless of the amount of planning or predictions, things may change.
As I was walking back, the sky had cleared and it had become sunny. It was warm enough to even remove my jacket and warm enough to dry up by the time I get home. As I walked back something kept ringing in my head – the power of not giving up. In my reflection as I walked back I thought someone probably needs to hear this; maybe you are facing difficulties as you try to achieve a certain goal (this will mean different things to different people) and you feel like turning back, yet you are already half way through – just keep going. You will walk in the sun again, and the sun will dry up all that you are going through now. Tough times never last they say (someone said, not if you are Zimbabwean, #funny_notfunny), but the truth is tough times really never last, the sun will still shine and if you can, enjoy the rain as you walk through it #smile_through_it_all, even when it hurts
P.S – listen to Even when it hurts – Hillsongs United, after reading this, you’re welcome.