Life Redefined: Dancing in the Rain
Not long ago, a friend gave me a card with a message penned inside that really made me think. It said, “Don’t wait for the storm to pass; dance in the rain!” That’s probably a cliché that we’ve all heard on multiple occasions, but for some reason, this time it meant something to me.
I have vivid memories of playing in the rain when I was a kid. The summer storms that would pour down rain were an opportunity for me and my friends to have some fun. When the rain started to fall, my first instinct was never to run inside, but rather to run out into the rain, to let it fall down on my face. Pure joy was an immediate result.
At some point that changed. I’m not sure exactly when, but eventually I lost the instinct to dance in the rain. Instead, I started to run from it. I forgot the joy that can come from playing in the rain.
I’ve been thinking about living with cancer. It’s been the biggest storm in my life thus far. Once I really started deliberating over the message my friend shared with me, I realized that I’ve been forgetting to dance in this rain. I realized that I have the choice to seek happiness. I don’t think that means that I rejoice over cancer. It doesn’t mean that I get giddy every time I go to the doctor. I do, however, think it means that I can still live a life with happiness in spite of cancer. There are still reasons in my life for me to dance. The presence of cancer does not have to negate the presence of joy. The two are not mutually exclusive!
But let me be frank: finding the joy is HARD for me. I have to make a conscious effort to look for it and find it and celebrate it. It is a daily decision that does not come easily because cancer can so easily overshadow the joy.
I recently talked to a cancer survivor who was given a few months to survive. Over six years later, against all odds, she’s in remission. The effects of cancer on her body are obvious—she now only has one leg. Yet in spite of that, in spite of the devastation caused by illness, she’s dancing. She is choosing to find the joy.
Today I am making the decision to do the same. Yes, cancer is a raging black cloud in my life, but I want to be able to dance in the rain. I want the joy that comes from remembering the good in my life.
So what do you think? Do we all have a reason to dance in the rain? Can we all find bits of happiness in life even when dealing with illness on a daily basis? Even more importantly, HOW do we start to dance? Talk to me, peeps. I want to hear from you!
Tags: Dancing in the Rain, embracing the joy in life, finding joy in the midst of hardship, Life Redefined, living with thyroid cancer, thyroid cancer, Thyroid Cancer Survivor, Written by Joanna Isbill