The winds were blowing and the rain continued to pour down, leaving a wet imprint upon all of the earth below. For some reason, the weather had decided to drop from the usual 80 degrees of a typical June afternoon and quickly become 41. The combination of weather seemed hardly ideal for the double header softball game that I had promised to attend that night, but I had made a commitment to myself, and to my friends and I vowed to keep it. At first I secretly wished that it would be cancelled because of the current conditions, but upon talking to my neighbor, I learned that the game was on.
We all layered up to keep ourselves as warm and dry as possible while still being able to maneuver around the field. As we piled into the car to head out, what was initially dread suddenly became excitement about the prospect. We even grabbed a slip n’ slide to take along with us as we embraced the rain. We all enjoy softball very much and we weren’t about to let a little bit of water stop us!
While the game was quite enjoyable I think that there was a deeper purpose, a lasting lesson that was impressed upon my mind that day. You see, we had a plan, and we moved forward regardless of any opposition or stumbling block. We didn’t allow ourselves to become deterred from what we felt would bring lasting memories, and a lot of joy. As I thought about this concept I realized the value of what this means on a larger scale of trying to fulfill our dreams.
From the time I was young, I have always had things that I wanted to make happen in life. As I grow up I am starting to see that these things won’t just happen. Sometimes it seems that around every corner another obstacle comes up in the way. The weather drops, rain starts falling, etc.
That softball game was probably one of the best ones I’ve been to, and I think it was because of, rather than in spite of, the rain. It added to the adventure and the fun. We were sliding all around and almost everyone that hit first base landed in a muddy hole. We were pretty cold so some of us did fake aerobics to stay warm while in the outfield. In a nutshell, we found joy in the journey right now.
President Monson said, “Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family.” It is my opinion that this is the secret to finding and living our dreams. We can embrace every moment, every opportunity, and every adversity. We can choose to play in the rain. Who knows, we might even like it.
Ashley Dewey is extremely talented at being single. Hobbies include awkward conversations with members of the opposite sex, repelling third dates, talking to boys about their girl problems and to girls about their boy problems. In her spare time she also has a very fulfilling school life, work life, and social life. Besides being a professional single, Ashley is also a BYU graduate with a degree in linguistics (Aka word nerd). She enjoys studying other languages, particularly American Sign Language, and finds most all of them fascinating. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. Ashley works most of the time and has often been accused of being a workaholic. Currently she works full time as a merchandiser and supervisor in a retail store, and part time doing social media work. On her day off she works (really it doesn't feel like work) in the Provo LDS temple. The only kind of work she finds difficulty focusing on is house work. Her favorite activities in her free time are reading, writing, creating social experiments, and spending time with great friends and family. Specific activities with those family and friends include: going to concerts, plays, dance recitals, BYU basketball and football games, and watching sports on television.