Q: What is in your favor when an impending storm approaches?
A: Your survival through previous storms.
A rug was recently pulled out from under us, a rug that we always knew could be pulled out, but knowing a hypothetical and experiencing a reality are not the same thing. There’s no preparation for life changes. Or is there?
I’ve been surprised by my response since distant thunder turned to rain overhead. The first thing that I noticed was that a calmness came over me. I realized that I had been more nervous in previous months waiting to see which way things would fall than after they actually fell. I’m a firm believer in knowledge being good. The worst place for me to be is wallowing in ignorance. Let me see the limitations, the options, the exits, the possible destinations. Let me catalog and plan. Let me do.
A wave of adrenaline gives a boost to do what needs to be done. The feeling of facing a storm is empowering. I’m ready for the storm not because of any preparations I’ve made; I’m ready for the storm because I am a survivor. I have proven this to myself before, and I will prove it again.
There’s a familiarity to overcoming an obstacle, and that familiarity gives strength. I know how to survive a storm, both literal and metaphorical. I believe in Orchid and me. Storms don’t last forever, but the strength they bring lasts a lifetime. The only question is what survival will look like on the other side of the storm.
Q: What is the preparation for life changes?
A: Believing in yourself, resilience, innovativeness, creativity, and the strength earned from surviving previous storms.