I love the summer months around here when it rains almost every day. I open up the sliding glass doors that look out on our beautiful backyard and watch the raindrops gently landing on all the pretty plants out there. It calms me, and I always say that it is my daily meditation practice, without me having to actually put forth any effort. But I slipped on our back patio during a wonderful rain one day and landed flat on my back with the rain hitting me in the face. A chiropractor in Fort Myers FL had to help me to get better after that. The irony of the situation with me wandering outside during a rain shower and landing flat on the ground in pain with my favorite raindrops pelting me in the face relentlessly was not lost on me.
We moved to this state because cold winters are an extreme rarity here. Living up north means constant struggles with Mother Nature and harsh, bitterly cold winters year after year. Many tourists come to visit and sing the praises of the beautiful snow after only staying for a few days or a week. But they do not know how much work you have to do each year to get through it every year. Shoveling our walks, driveway and patio every day would take at least a couple of hours. When the electricity would go out, we would don heavy clothing for days on end until the heat came back on. Multiple car accidents happened day after day in that weather.
I don’t dislike the rain now after hurting my back while standing outside in it. I still love it. I just know that I need to be careful now. I walk more slowly when I do need to go outside. I make sure that I have good shoes on with rubber soles to help keep me from falling, and I make sure to keep up my appointments with my chiropractor who has fixed my back.