I was sitting at one of my favorite cafes finishing up a few hours of work and thinking about how many things I still had to get done.
The next few tasks seemed daunting and required motivation that I just wasn’t feeling at the time. I packed up my bag, walked outside, and decided that a walk may wake me up and get my brain back in a place of productivity.
I walked a block before noticing that it suddenly looked like it was going to rain.
I walked another half of a block and felt a few rain drops.
Before I had finished that second block, I was stuck inside a torrential downpour – two blocks from the cozy cafe I had just left.
I started laughing – really laughing. It’s a totally weird reaction, and I didn’t expect it. But it was so funny to me that this was the reality I was experiencing.
As I’m laughing, I think “OK, I’ll duck into Biscuit & Branch for happy hour and get some work done.” I had done this just a few days earlier.
Then it starts spitting hail. I laughed even harder.
It was so bizarre because just hours earlier, I had cringed as I turned off my air conditioning, knowing the current heat was going to make my apartment unbearable upon my return. It’s been in the high 80s for days. And now, here I am, in a hail storm.
Folks are sprinting around the area trying to get to their car, their apartment, underneath a dry awning, anything to escape this assault. No one is smiling. In fact, they are looking at me like I’ve lost my mind.
I duck under the awning by Biscuit & Branch. They are, apparently, closed on Mondays. At this point, the nearest establishment to escape the rain is a bar I really don’t care for.
So smiling like an idiot, I wait out the storm underneath the awning – occasionally getting hit by raisin-sized hail.
This whole scene lasted all of 10 minutes after I had left that cafe. The rain let up, I quickly jogged back to the cafe (soaked) and ordered a coffee. I had found my motivation.
- I know I can’t control everything. I couldn’t control the fact that I was caught in a 10-minute Ohio hail storm in the middle of June, where the temperature has been in the high-80s for a week. So why get upset?
- I had left the cafe to do some “fake work” to avoid doing the things I really needed to get done. I left in the exact 10 minute window that would eliminate that option. You got me, universe!
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