Sometimes you see the storm coming; sometimes you don’t.
There are days you see the thunder clouds and feel the harsh winds blowing long before the epicenter of the storm makes its way to your doorstep.
The knowledge of the oncoming storm does not make the rain fall any lighter, or the lightning crack any dimmer. It doesn’t make the winds howl any less or quiet the thunder.
The storm rages on.
It cares little about the physical or mental preparations you’ve made.
It hits as hard as if you knew nothing of the storm’s impending terror.
But with the knowledge, perhaps comes a dulling of the fear; a certain confidence that you’ll be able to endure the storm.
You’re safe in the knowledge that no matter how bad the storm gets, no matter how much damage is done, you’ll survive. You’ll pick up and move on.
While the knowledge of the impending storm doesn’t dull the sting, perhaps it helps the shock and fear subside a bit quicker.
A Toast: To the Impending Storm