Enjoying the rain


originally uploaded by andy in nyc.

As adults, we don’t enjoy being in the rain. We may say we enjoy the rain, but it is as a distant observer – we ourselves need to be warm, dry and inside to enjoy the cool, wet outside.

I really can’t think of a single time in my adult life that I’ve been stuck in downpour and enjoyed it.

Well, all that changed last night. I had to head out to run some errands. It had rained all afternoon and so I convinced myself that it couldn’t possibly rain anymore (er, what?!) and head out blithely without an umbrella. Finished grocery shopping at Whole Foods and headed out to discover the torrential rain coming down.

After standing under the awning and whining with other shoppers about how we forgot our umbrellas, I realized I couldn’t remember the last time I voluntarily got drenched… and had fun doing it.

So, I ensured my bag with phone and iPod was firmly closed and I stepped out from under the awning and crossed the street. I was soaked by the time I got to the other end. But I didn’t melt.

And by the time I got to the next block, I was having a great time. As I happily walked along, people standing in storefronts would smile and laugh. I just smiled back and enjoyed a leisurely walk home. It was brilliant. I was completely soaked through, but it was an awesome feeling! A warm shower and hot tea were perfect to round out my evening.

Growing up has many advantages, but when did I become so uptight that I couldn’t truly experience the rain anymore? I would encourage everyone to let go a little and play in the rain – at least once a decade! πŸ™‚

  • Krishna

    I think it comes with “nice, professional clothes” (especially suits & other woolen stuff) and “doing your own laundry” πŸ™‚

  • I did the something like that the other day.. biked in the pouring rain. Glasses fogging up and everything. While other people decided to be wise and wait till it subsided. I loved it! πŸ™‚ Yes, coming home to a hot cup of tea rounds it off well.

    i have not been getting your posts in my bloglines feed!

  • Prithvi

    Wow – that evening sounds straight from Singin’ in the Rain – minus the singing – was there singing?

    Let the stormy clouds chase

    Everyone from the place

    Come on with the rain I’ve a smile on my face

    I walk down the lane with a happy refrain

    Just singin and singin in the rain!

    I love rain paraphernalia – oversized umbrellas and rain-boots – when I was a kid I was crazy about paper boats and oil rainbows but now there are never any good puddles thanks to all the sophisticated drainage systems and smooth roads. The next time it rains I’m going to splash about as you suggest πŸ™‚

  • Shripriya

    @Krishna – The professional clothes are an acceptable excuse, but doing your own laundry?? πŸ™‚ Just throw the stuff in the washer! But, yesterday was the weekend anyway – there were still very few people braving the elements unprotected (but there were a few!)

    @TGFI – The whole experience is much better in the summer when the weather is good. Doing this in the fall would be extremely unpleasant to say the least!

    Hmm… filed a complaint with bloglines. Let’s see what they say.

    @Prithvi – I seriously thought about dancing and prancing – or more specifically opening my arms out wide, tipping my face to the sky and whirling around. But then I felt a bit silly since there were people about. Maybe next time πŸ™‚ And when you do your singing in the rain routine, be sure to let me know!

  • Your bloglines feed is working now. πŸ™‚

  • Wish I could gather up the courage to do the same. I can’t even stand tepid water when bathing, it has to be hot!

  • Reading this post reminded me of the book “Peace is every step” by Thich Hat Hahn. The message is essentially to be in the present for the present is very beautiful and that the present is all that matters. Walking in the rain and really being there is a wonderful feeling most of us never revisit after childhood. It might rain in Columbus today and if I am lucky, I will not avoid the rain. Thanks for the great post!

  • Shripriya

    @tgfi – thanks! Please do let me know if it stops again.

    @mumbaigirl – I’m with you on the bath thing, but funnily enough, if the day is warm, the rain doesn’t feel that cold.

    @Prakash – Tell me – did you do it?! πŸ™‚

  • Hah. I think you’re spot on. Initially, when you get caught in the rain, all you can think about is: “oh man, these are nice clothes” or “my iphone is going to get soaked”. But after you get past a certain “breaking point” — perhaps four or five blocks, you’re alright with it and actually end up enjoying yourself. And then the people standing under the awnings look like the odd ones out.

    By the way, I parodied this exact “rain vs growing up” thing once:
    http://flickr.com/photos/naveen_/184416054/in/set-72157600210433013/

  • Shripriya

    Love the parody… and the newspaper cube-plastering!

  • well in rain one must be with raincoat and enjoy the wether πŸ™‚ not to sure about the laundy bill (if any) lol

  • well in rain one must be with raincoat and enjoy the wether πŸ™‚ not to sure about the laundy bill (if any) lol

  • well in rain one must be with raincoat and enjoy the wether πŸ™‚ not to sure about the laundy bill (if any) lol