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  • Realization #1

    7:55am. The jingle-jangle of the iPhone alarm.
    I went to bed real late because I was up working, and I need to start working again soon. But I didn't expect the alarm this early.
    Stupid alarm.
    Oh yeah. I have to move my car by 8.
    Stupid street cleaning.

    Realization #2

    I pull on my rain boots and my raincoat and venture out into the pouring rain.
    Doesn't feel as bad as I thought.
    Actually, it's kind of cool to have a reason to go outside when it's raining this hard, especially first thing in the morning. Better way to wake up than that stupid alarm.
    On the way to my car, I walk a little slower than I probably should. I look up every once in awhile to feel the raindrops on my face. I could feel cheesy and self-conscious about this, but it's too early for those feelings. I just do it.
    I come across a funny-looking bulldog who isn't as happy as I am to be in his little raincoat. Makes me smile, real big.

    Realization #3

    And then I do something I don't think I've ever done – I jump in a puddle. I don't realize I've never done it, until I do it, and it feels so foreign to me. I guess I've never owned rain boots until a year ago, so it starts to make sense why this feels new. And I remember when I was little and walking to the bus stop or whatever and it rained, these puddles were to be avoided. At all costs.
    But not today.
    Instead, I discover the joy of just walking right through them – the puddles in the gutters, in the sidewalks, even those rivers that form in the middle of the street sometimes. I even stand in them for a few seconds to really have that feeling of freedom sink in. This is cool. I like rain boots.

    Realization #4

    I finally get to my car. But something's not right. All the cars are still parked on my side of the street. Oh yeah. I remember that I found a space on the Tuesday side after all. Today is Monday. Ha.

    Realization #5

    On my way home, I don't walk any faster than I did on my way to the car. I realize that if the point of this walk wasn't to move my car, then it's to take this walk, in the rain, in my rain boots. And I should take my time to really enjoy it.
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