I just decided to walk.
Sorry taxi dudes trying to give me a ride, I'm walking today.
I was strolling down the road in Negril and decided to take it to the beach.
A lot harder walking in the sand than the road, but seeing the water makes me feel better.
I started at the Tree House Resort and made my way towards downtown.
I got to one of my favorite watering holes and just sat there for a spell.
I downed a couple of Red Stripes and continued on my journey.
It's amazing how quick a cold bottle of beer can go.
On my way down the beach, I stopped to talk to a craft vendor guy who was selling his wares right there on the beach.
I was looking at the sky and said "Man, look at the dark clouds, I think I'd better look for some cover."
"It will pass", the guy said.
But, it's gonna rain!
"The rain is a blessing" he said, "No reason to run, it will be light".
Feel the wetness, feel the wind, take in the aroma of the rain and all it touches"
So, I just stayed where I was.
While we talked, I felt a droplet hit my cheek, then another.
Hmmm, well I thought, I have on swimming trunks, sandals and a cotton shirt, I guess I will be ok.
The drops of rain falling were very small, maybe 10-15 seconds apart.
Then the rain picked up a little, became very steady, but light while the man and I just stood there.
It was a warm day and the little sprinkle, along with a light breeze really cooled me off.
It felt good!
I could still smell food cooking and music was going and a lot of locals still went about their business as usual.
Being outdoors, dealing with and feeling the weather, is key to understanding a lot of things on the island of Jamaica.
I really like all the things that nature gives and takes there in it's never ending demonstration of her force and energy.
I was staring up and out to sea for a while.
After a minute I looked at the gentleman and I could see a little sly smile on his face. Like he knew he had taught me something.
It was obvious that I was enjoying the rain, like he must do all the time.
That was the first time in a loooong while that I stood out in the rain without an umbrella.
Soon, maybe 15 minutes, the rain passed and the sun came out in full force.
"Thanks for the "weather education" I told the guy."
Moral of the story: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at can change and change you too!
6 years ago