This week was my son's big fifth grade field trip - one he's been looking forward to for three years. His school does this every year. The kids , in a sort of last bonding experience of their elementary school years, pack into a sweaty, smelly bus and are shipped down the road to Hemlock, a team building park in the woods complete with hiking, zip-lines, rappelling, and a variety of very odd team building centers like the spider web, the peanut butter pit, and the log pull.
Unfortunately, I also committed to going with the boy. And the week before, the weather predictions began. Rain. Rain. Thunderstorms. Possible Hail. Blustery winds. And rain.
I am not a fan of rain. Especially not being out in the rain. I don't do being wet very well. Not that I'm the wicked witch or anything (with that melting problem), but I've spent my years in the rain. Been there, done that.
For days and days I dreaded going out in this stuff. I prayed the line of storms would suddenly vanish, or move off north of us. I wondered if I could use my youngest's recent illness as an excuse to stay home. I dreaded going. I lost sleep over it. I did not want to go!
But when the morning dawned and it became clear that the blustery rain would be a constant presence and I was going to be out in it, I realized I had a choice. I could be miserable and hate it, or I could go with the same attitude my son had: excitement over the possibilities.
I chose to make a quick stop on the way and pick up a rain poncho and dive right in with a smile. Okay, I got a double coffee as well. I'm pretty sure that helped.
Here are some of our wet highlights.
Cold? Yes! Rainy? Yes!! Fun and memorable? Absolutely.
And how does this relate to writing? It's been so easy to get down lately. Some days are good. Some days aren't. I still have several fulls out with no word yet, and a stack of rejections. The book I'm writing now is slow and hard. Really hard some days. And it's easy to let depression have its way.
But really, what's the difference between the good days and the bad?
And a really great writing group that specializes in attitude adjustments. :)