This might seem a little paranoid. But it’s completely true, I promise.
Yesterday I caught the bus home. I didn’t have an umbrella because I decided to trust the prediction being 40% rain (good odds, right?).
A couple of minutes out from my stop it starting raining.
And by raining, I mean that sheets of water started falling from the sky.
I got out of the bus and ran. Fast. Sadly I live up a hill from my bus stop, so running up in in the rain in work clothes wasn’t very fun.
It took about 5 minutes after I got home and dry for the rain to stop. Only one conclusion makes any sense: it was out to get me. You know, like in those movies with the black cloud following the person around as they walk, raining in a highly localised fashion.
After all, my experience is probably the only one that matters. And while I understand that other people got wet along the way, it’s pretty clear to me that the rain decided to give me a bit of grief that day.
How often do we feel like this?
The traffic jam that makes us late for work. The thunderstorm that ruins our picnic. The global meltdown that impacts our business. The computer glitch that makes us work slow.
If we approach these events with the wrong mindset, it would be easy to conclude that everything, and everyone, had it in for us.
But what kind of life would that be?
I got wet because it rained, and because I didn’t take an umbrella.
It’ll probably happen again.