What Hurricane Season Has Taught Me About Life

Hurricane season is upon us, we are actually getting into the height of hurricane season. As I type this, Hurricane Ian is making its way up the coast.

I live several hours from the coast, and I’ve had my fair share of experiencing natural disasters. I have fortunately lived through hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and an earthquake. I count my blessings; Unfortunately, I know that not everyone is as lucky.

What I Realized

Experiencing hurricane season every year has made me think. This season can be applied to many parts of our lives.

Like life itself, a hurricane can change paths out of nowhere, it can quickly gain momentum, and in the blink of an eye, our whole world changes. The weather is unpredictable as is life itself.

We usually get a bit of a warning about a pending storm. We get the chance to bring in our belongings and make sure that we have candles, flashlights, and extra water within reach. We get a moment to prepare for chaos.

Weathering the Storm

Many things will be thrown at us in life, we must learn how to prepare, weather the storm, and pick up the aftermath.

Life often gives us a heads up that a challenge will be knocking on our doors. There might start to be layoffs at work, you might not be feeling well for a while, maybe you feel stretched thin, or you might be having relationship issues.

As time passes, we realize that we made it through, but not without a scratch or even possibly a scar. Sometimes our lives are turned upside down, then have to deal with the aftermath.

The Storminess of Life 

We will all have many storms in life. We will take time to prepare and make things right, but in the end, life is unpredictable, and it will take its course.

The storms in our lives are there to help make us. They may break us temporarily, but we will come out stronger in the end.

A Beautiful Reminder

Just like with hurricanes during this season, we may enter a rocky period in our lives. We may even lose everything that we have. One thing is for certain though, if we can make it out alive, we will be so much stronger.

The wind can come howling, the rain can pour, and the dark clouds can hang low, but once the storm is over, the sun will shine brightly and everything that once felt so dark will become light. Whatever season you are going through, keep going strong. You can do this; you can weather the storm!


Before the Storm

The sun was shining, and it was a very hot and humid summer day. I decided to take my children outside to play before a huge storm that was expected that afternoon was to arrive. We all went outside to get a little fresh air before needing to come back inside.

As we played outside, the wind grew stronger and stronger, the sky started darkening up and the sun and white fluffy clouds slowly faded out of sight. The trees started swaying and the leaves were flying with great force down the sidewalk.

Usually, when there is any indication that a storm is coming, I take my children inside. My anxiety takes over me that the wind may cause something to fly and hit us, or that lightning may strike. For some reason today, I decided to live a little and see what this storm had in store for us.

The winds picked up to great speeds, and my children and I were running through the neighborhood with no shoes on, feeling as free as a bird. To see the laughs and excitement on my kid’s faces was more than enough to quiet my anxiety. I felt so light at this moment with not a care in the world.

The world grew dark as we were surrounded by storm clouds, high winds, and sprinkles of rain that were slowly turning into large raindrops. I am a huge fan of the rain, I could watch it for hours, I find it so relaxing and therapeutic. With no thunder or lightning present, we continued to run up and down the sidewalk, my kids laughing and squealing with delight, we must have looked like we lost our minds, but what a freeing moment this was.

I highly suggest that you take some time to act like a kid again and take yourself back to a time when life was less complicated and stressful. Run wild and carefree. Allow your inner child to enjoy life and not worry about what anyone thinks of you in the meantime. Free yourself from the restraints of life and see the world through the eyes of a child again!

Snow Day Ideas

Winter is upon us and we are about to get into some of the coldest and snowiest months of the year. For many of us this means lots of shoveling and days off of work and school. When large blizzards hit that can mean days to a week inside, read on for some ideas of what to do on your snow days off, I’ve also included a mix of things for little ones as well!

  • Cook/bake holiday treats
  • Make holiday crafts
  • Make an igloo
  • Decorate for the holidays
  • Clean up and organize
  • Draw or journal
  • Build a snowman
  • Make some holiday drinks
  • Offer to help neighbors shovel
  • Catch up on favorite shows
  • Do some self-reflection
  • Self-care
  • Watch holiday movies
  • Relax and enjoy the downtime