While walking with Ellie through my neighborhood, we were caught in a rainstorm. The skies were overcast and forecasted some fog and maybe a light drizzle. We were not prepared for what we got caught in, with me in some loose pants, a tank top and Ellie just freshly groomed. This moment happened out of nowhere, and yet seemed so intentional. Being caught unexpectedly in a rainstorm was on my list this year of 30 Things to do Before 31. How perfectly serendipitous.
So, I did what any rational human would do when caught in a complete downpour. I just let life happen. I stopped and focused on all of the feels.
I wanted to experience and be mindful of all that was happening. To listen to the sound of the rain pour down around me, hitting the garbage cans I stood near, the water crash against the leaves on the trees overhead, and the puddles that were quickly forming beneath. To feel the water slide down my face and soak through my clothes. To feel the weight of my clothing get heavier with each additional second. To feel my hair slowly get plastered to my face and drip on my shoulders. To feel my socks get soaked through my shoes. To watch Ellie attempt to shake off the water from her coat, only to be disgruntled with more water pelting her. To capture the moment in its entirety.
That is what I experienced in that rainstorm. Then something interesting happened, I realized that once you are already soaked that the feeling is, nice. I was able to walk, or run, or stomp through any puddle I desired. I could take my time and smile to the others who were running for shelter or frantically scrambling for any sort of cover. I could appreciate this secret moment I was sharing with my dog. Since it was raining, there was no way for me to capture it on camera or worry about any outside influence. I was disconnected. I was only present on this street in my neighborhood in the rain.
I was not in a hurry to get home. I was not in a hurry for anything in that moment. I felt young and free. This was mindfulness. I was blissfully happy.