Sitting down tying my shoes I heard Gram yell over from the next room… “Mija, it’s starting to rain.”
I quickly finished tying up my shoes and walked over to acknowledge Gram. I could sense my defenses rising and a hesitance about walking in the rain.
“Should I take a jacket? Maybe I shouldn’t go?”
Grams response… “Mija, go ahead it’s just sprinkling.”
I threw on my hat, grabbed for my walking stick, and headed out the door.
The intensity of the sprinkling started picking up after rounding the corner of the second block. I slowed down and contemplated turning back. I thought to myself…
“I don’t have an umbrella. What if the concrete gets too slippery and I fall. I should seriously turn back…”.
I quickly convinced myself to keep going (“Gram says it’s just sprinkling!”).
About a mile, into the walk the sprinkling turned to rain and it started coming down hard. I was about to get annoyed, and then something happened.
I found myself at the intersection where I normally turn around and head back home. Next thing you know I was pushing on the traffic signal button with the intention of walking across the street.
Beyond that intersection, about half a mile up is the grocery store and Target. When I first moved in with Gram I could only dream of walking to the grocery store. I envisioned walking to the store, shopping independently, purchasing a few items, and walking back home.
On a day filled with excuses and my walk threatened by weather, I realized I was MUCH CLOSER to my goal of shopping independence than ever!
I moved beyond that intersection, reached the grocery store in the pouring rain, turned around and headed home.
Walking home in the rain felt AWESOME! I didn’t have time to worry about feeling yucky because I was so pumped that I hit a significant milestone.
The WEIRD THING was, the last few blocks walking back home the rain let up, and it was back to… “It’s just sprinkling!”.
As I headed up the driveway, Gram greeted me at the door.
“I feel so guilty that I pushed you to go. I didn’t think it was going to start raining like that…”.
“Gram! I made it to the store, take my picture.”.
Hesitation, fear, excuses, pressure, outside factors are simply distractions. When all those barriers are up, and you push beyond those distractions you began to reach the seemingly “impossible” goals.