Why life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain

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Kevin Mangelschots

We’ve all been through some rough experiences in life. And if you don’t, consider yourself lucky. But more importantly, brace yourself for what is yet to come. But isn’t it weird that despite how harsh reality is sometimes, we still find the courage within us to keep going?

It’s because life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Coping with difficulties, all the while carrying on. Especially when we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain explained

Image of two men dancing in the rain with the quote, “life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass… it's about learning to dance in the rain”.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain is something that we all need to do in life. Because let’s face reality here, life is hard, it can be extremely cruel, and sometimes bad things happen.

We can either let those negative circumstances tear us down and prevent us from moving forward in life, or we can take another, more productive path. That route is learning to cope with the hurdles and challenges that arise while simultaneously moving forward without stagnating or taking steps back.

When we are immature and inexperienced, life is typically pretty good for us. We are young and healthy, our parents and other family members are relatively young and healthy if we’re lucky, and our largest issue is most likely going to school and passing class.

This means that we haven’t had anything bad happen to us in our lives. And when the first obstacle eventually pops up, chances are we want it to pass before we want (and often can) move on with our lives. But that typically doesn’t happen, or at least not for long.

Because sooner or later, even if that first obstacle gets wrapped up, then another one will simply take its place. Usually, it’s not just one difficulty either. But rather multiple other concerns arise as well.

If we let every little concern that pops us hold us down, then we’ll never get anything of value and importance done.

Sometimes, it’s about seeing the bigger picture. We need to push through the hardships and the things we consider mundane to succeed in this universe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does, “life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” mean?

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It’s about learning to dance in the rain rather than waiting for the rain to pass has a spiritual meaning that can be seen as a metaphor for life.

It means that life is about learning to deal with difficult events, all the while still carrying on and going forward rather than waiting for all the problems to disappear.

This signifies that one is wise enough to know that there will always be hardships in everyone’s life. That existence will constantly throw hurdles in our path. Thus, if we wait for those hurdles to pass instead of dealing with them and carrying on living simultaneously, then we’re never going to be able to have a meaningful life.

What does, “life is not about learning to dance in the rain” mean?

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However, the opposite holds some merit as well.

It’s better to solve the issue(s) entirely instead of simply learning to dance in the rain.

Life is not about learning to dance in the rain means that we need to try to fix the concerns in our lives rather than simply accepting their existence.
 
Far too often do I see people who could do something about their difficulties if they only would apply themselves properly. If they put in the required time and effort, that is.
 
Why do some people simply accept their problems instead of attempting to fix them? They do so because in the short term, putting in no time, or effort, and not thinking about the difficulties is easier. Of course, this only leads to more issues over time, as this is no permanent solution.
 
Accepting reality is great. And accepting the things you can’t change to cope with them as well as you can is commendable and advised.
 

But solving the issue entirely is still better than having to learn how to cope with stress. Because why would we do so if we can tackle the root of the concern and get rid of it entirely? The fewer concerns we have in life, the better. Because naturally, life will already throw enough hurdles at us as it is.

A person holding a question mark in front of their face.
 
Dancing in the rain imparts that an individual has learned to not allow difficult and/or negative situations to discourage them from continuing with their life to their full potential.
 

They know they shouldn’t just wait for the hard and/or detrimental circumstances to pass, but rather that they have to work hard to make something positive out of this existence, and to improve their position.

Final note

There will always be concerns in everyone’s existence, no matter how rich, intelligent, and handsome you are. The most successful of people have their issues, even when they aren’t always visible to us or the bare eye.

Nonetheless, it’s always better to eliminate difficulties. So don’t simply dismiss the possibility of solving the issue. Seeing as solving is better than having to cope with concerns.

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It’s best to acquire the ability to cope with concerns while carrying on in your life as soon as possible since life is about learning to dance in the rain.

How do we do this? By accepting that life is hard, and that reality isn’t always what we want it to be. But learning how to deal with hardships will have to come through experience. This means that, unfortunately, you will have to go through some tough life events to acquire these skills.

Eliminate the issues you can get rid of as soon as possible, and learn to deal with the difficulties that you can’t solve by learning how to cope with them healthily and effectively.