Rain. It has different appeal to different people. Some people like the rain because of the earthy scent, some people claim the weather condition as romantic, some people find it best to read and have a cup of coffee and some absolutely hate rain because of the inconvenience and health hazards caused by it. There are more variations of people in rain but today I’m taking just one section of them- people who are outside in rain.
Broadly there are two groups of people in this context.
#1 People having umbrella or raincoat
1.1 100% Committed These are the people who are always ready for any weather condition. Rain cannot mess with their work. Even if it’s raining they will continue their work as they would do without rain. They would not hear any of your excuses be it rain or flood or apocalypse.
Example: Math teachers in any educational institute
1.2 Movie heroines These are the kinds of people who will willing dance in the rain, throwing their umbrella into oblivion! Fever and cold don’t touch them… Even when it happens, its just limited to some “cute” sneezes or a fever that brings them close to their love interest.
I on the other hand will catch cold after getting 3 drops of rain on my body and will be bed-ridden with cough and cold for 7days.
#2 People having no protection from rain
2.1 Debt collectors of the decade In school and college there were many people around me who never carried an umbrella. The time it would start raining, everyone would get into the random competition of being my Best Friend.
“Remember in 1st standard I kept a seat for you beside me? So you should take me with you!” – said the girl who didn’t talk to me in 5 years.
“I know she likes me. I don’t need to ask her, she’ll take me only.” – thought the random guy who had some unrealistic confidence in his charm.
And there were people who didn’t like the idea of convincing me. Rather they would engage me in talking and take my umbrella and hold it in a way to keep themselves completely dry kicking me out of its reach.
2.2 The anchor Girls who are drenched to the bone and still not asking for a towel and hanging out like nothing really happened.
Guys having no option other than walking in rain trying to convince you that it’s not raining enough to use that umbrella.
Most of my classmates in college would be filling up this category.
2.3 The Flash! As the introductory voice in “The Flash” used to say,” I’m Flash, the fastest man alive… ” , this category of people would act like as if they are Flash while it starts raining and as usual they are not carrying raincoat. They will swoosh in front of your eyes as if they can actually win a race with rain.
2.4 Taking the shelter People who prefer to take a temporary shelter and wait till it stops to rain. Time moves the slowest under the shelter during rain.
You may also start second guessing your decision as you would’ve made to home after a 15 minutes run in the rain but now you’re waiting in a random shelter with a bunch of half-drenched strangers for more than an hour!
2.5 The Homeless There are many people who don’t have a proper place for living, while it rains their dwelling place is not far different from open sky.
Can you imagine the suffering?
Ceiling is leaking from everywhere, the mother chooses to sleep in the wet part to keep her child dry. The poor vegetable-seller is trying to protect the veggies from rain. After a heavy rain all of their belongings are under water now. The old lady is afraid that she will not be able to buy food because she had no sale today because of rain.
It just breaks my heart to think that my problems are limited to, “Oh I forgot my umbrella today!” or “I might catch cold from the wet hair” while there are people in the world who wouldn’t have a dry and safe place to sleep or a decent meal to eat after it has rained.
This is a gentle reminder to all of us to be grateful for the little things and be kind to others all the time.
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