Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain. – Anonymous, more recently attributed to Vivian Greene

Why is it that kids seem to get the idea, and adults shy away?

Why is it that kids seem to get the idea, and adults shy away from doing it?

What does that mean?
This quote is about living our lives, not simply waiting around for a good time to start. Too many people wait for the right moment before starting to live their life. To me, that’s just too much wasted time.

The quote starts by saying what life is not. It is not about waiting. It is not about avoiding the storm. And it is most definitely not about waiting for the storm to pass.

Waiting just allows time to pass. What gets done while you wait? Time has gone by, and you have nothing to show for it.

The quote concludes by saying that life is about learning to dance in the rain. It’s about learning to live with, and even enjoy the inevitable storms of life. Sing or dance, enjoy your life, no matter what the weather might be.

We all will face storms in our lives. It is up to us to determine how we will respond to these disruptions. Will we hide inside, waiting for it to pass, or will we continue with our lives, enjoying even the roughest of weather? It is our choice.

Why is not waiting important?  
Whether you call it waiting, procrastinating, or just wasting time, what is happening is… nothing. However, time isn’t standing still, is it? It, like your life, is moving forward. If you are just waiting, you are really drifting while you wait. What will that gain for you?

Another problem with waiting is that it can be much harder to learn when you aren’t doing anything. I differentiate between doing nothing and cerebral exercises, such as reading or planning. One can learn and do, even if you aren’t out dancing.

Yet, eventually, we must take action. Sometimes there is no possible way to do anything without getting wet. That is when we must learn to dance in the rain. Or to do whatever we need to get done.Rain or shine, life must go on.

The implication of dancing is that we are enjoying it. If you have to do something, the least you could do is learn how to enjoy doing it. Even if it might be the best time, or perfect weather, we still must do, so let’s have some fun while we’re doing it, right?

Where can I apply this in my life?
We all go through rough weather at various points in our lives. Sometimes we sit down, to wait for the storm to pass, and then forget to get back up. Take a moment to consider where in your life you might have paused for a break in the weather, and never gotten back to it.

What about the storms presently in your life? They are the things which this quote is specifically focused. Take a moment to consider what, where, and how severe are your storms at this moment in time.

Are there storms in your family life? Are there storms with or between your friends? Are there storms at work, between co-workers, or even between your company and the customer? What about your social groups, are there any storms there? Weather can come up fast from any direction, can’t it?

But the question remains, what will you do? It’s easier to restart the things placed on hold due to rough weather, once the weather is passed. But what about things which you have put on hold where the weather is still less than great?

Are you going to get back to it? Are you going to learn to dance in the rain? Are you going to learn to enjoy the extra challenge? Will you revel in the chance to see if you are good enough to make it happen despite the weather? At least for some of them?

If you choose to wait for the storm to pass, what are you missing? Are there opportunities slipping by? Are there people to meet, whom you will not be able to meet because you aren’t out there? Yes, there are costs to waiting, just like there are costs associated with dancing in the rain.

How many of those storms are you hiding from? While we all have our reasons or excuses, in the end, we either are doing things in the weather or we are not. That is our choice; to do or to do not. It is also our choice to enjoy it or to be miserable. Which will you choose, dancing in the rain, or waiting?

From: Twitter, @Epic_Women
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Photo by Michael Zimmer

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39 Responses to Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

  1. hokage26 8 February 2016 at 7:45 am #

    This quote is from taylor Swift

    • philosiblog 11 February 2016 at 5:31 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment, but I am going to have to disagree with you.

      You should check the comments section more thoroughly before commenting, including the comments from both the author of the quote and her lawyer. And she published the work including the quote in 1979, a full decade before Taylor Swift was even born. Sorry.

      • stewickie 5 July 2016 at 9:00 pm #

        But, Vivian Greene was born in 1979, so she couldn’t have published the quote in 1979.

      • philosiblog 16 July 2016 at 4:31 pm #

        Thanks for stopping by, but you appear to have the wrong person. While I don’t have a birth date for her, she attended college in the late 60’s and early 70s, so she could easily have done so. Especially with degrees in Journalism and Communications. (

  2. F. Kubler 6 January 2016 at 11:16 pm #

    Vivian Greene is the true author of “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass … it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I don’t know what you found “curious” about my response. Thanks for the opportunity to clarify this on your blog.

    Since Ms. Greene originally published the poem that the quote is taken from in 1979, she has invariably published it under her name. Yet, because of the great popularity of the quote, others have appropriated it without her permission and failed to provide attribution, giving the false impression that it is anonymous. A notable example is a book called Motivatinal Quotes, which sold more than a million copies. Updated copies give her attribution.

    My intention has been to set the record straight. Thank you.

    F. Kubler

    • philosiblog 11 January 2016 at 2:11 am #

      Thanks for clarification. Just wanted to make sure I was doing things properly.

  3. Frank Kubler 25 December 2015 at 2:04 am #

    Vivian Greene’s proverbial quotes and art have been published globally and syndicated since 1975.

    The “life is not waiting for the storm to pass” quote is from a larger work written by Vivian Greene. She received a copyright registration for this work in 1979. The quote is frequently used without her permission, and often without attribution to her.

    Thank you for the opportunity to clarify this point.

    F. Kubler
    Intellectual property attorney

    • philosiblog 4 January 2016 at 4:17 am #

      Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a curious comment.

      I’m not sure if your comment is stating that I’m in the clear for properly sourcing it, or if something else was intended. Can you please clarify?

  4. ladybird 29 July 2014 at 1:21 am #

    love hurts all time 🙁 why would some1 kiss you with passion walk out when brother shows up then 1 who kissed me asked me something after the kiss but it was a party so loud music could not hear him we been trying dates on of each year but never seem to happen there was always something in the way this year i got a kiss and now its a big blur again sorry bout spelling hope

    • philosiblog 30 July 2014 at 4:56 am #

      People can be very difficult to predict. Think about what you want in a lover, then figure out where someone like that would be found.

      Talking at parties is always difficult. Find a hallway or a room or step outside so you can hear better.

      Stay strong. You deserve the best. They will find you, or you will find them, eventually.

      • ladybird 30 July 2014 at 5:26 pm #


      • philosiblog 31 July 2014 at 3:58 am #

        You are most welcome. Please stop by again, it was nice to hear from you.

      • mark 16 February 2015 at 6:18 pm #

        What does it mean u can’t weather the strom if u don’t dance in the rain?? Me an my girlfriend r having trouble times an I haven’t been tha best how can I change when I’ve been dancing in tha rain

      • philosiblog 8 March 2015 at 1:06 am #

        Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving your comment. Sorry it took so long to get back to you, life has been busy for me.

        The general idea behind this quote is that while you can wait for the storm to pass, you are losing that time, and missing the opportunity to try something new, like find a way to make what some consider an unpleasant event into something you can enjoy.

        As for relation troubles, you can either sit back and hope things get better (waiting for the storm to pass), or you can work with her to try to make things better (dancing in the rain).

        I hope that makes a little more sense.

  5. Flippa 10 April 2014 at 9:42 am #

    My heart is aching, and the memory of good days just pass by my eyes like a wide blue strip of mighty sky and some fluffy white clouds in the background. The sun is as golden as always and shining down at us and the love in our hearts is breathtaking. But my heart is aching and my eyes are raining. I decide to start a dance in the rainy day of my eyes, it is possible yes but my heart stil aching..

    • philosiblog 12 April 2014 at 4:40 am #

      That was very pretty. Thanks for sharing it.

      • Flippa 12 April 2014 at 12:06 pm #

        Thanks for reading it you’re welcome 🙂

  6. Swasti 8 March 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    philosblog inspired me so much
    thank you for the amazing words
    it taught me life is an adventure worthwhile in itself
    i will embrace every moment now!

    • philosiblog 10 March 2014 at 1:47 am #

      You are very welcome. I’m glad you found the post to be of some use. Feel free to look around at some of the other posts, as I have over 1100 of them now. 8)

      Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving such a kind comment.

  7. Seagypsy 13 January 2014 at 8:50 pm #

    It’s a beautiful saying. I’ve had so much tragedy in my life that I find myself frozen and barely breathing waiting for the trauma to pass before I live. I am now learning to dance in the rain at the same time my soul aches. That folks is a dance in the right direction!!

    • philosiblog 14 January 2014 at 5:33 am #

      Thank you for sharing that. Stay strong!

    • rosie 5 December 2014 at 5:43 pm #

      I will device this strong storm I’m under because of a misunderstanding my mouth got me in this storm. Sometime is best to keep quiet until you know for sure its true.I like your kind words.happy holidays hun.

      • philosiblog 6 December 2014 at 9:43 pm #

        Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.

        Yes, sometimes the storm is of our own creation. That can be most unpleasant. It appears you have learned something from your experience. Anytime I learn something from an experience, I consider it not a mistake, but a success. So long as I don’t do the exact same thing again.

  8. Suvi 9 December 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m so glad that I found this blog! This is the very first blog I really enjoyed. These words made me realize to live my life täysillä as we say here in Finland. I will keep on reading your texts step by step because they give me so much to think about. Thank you!

    • philosiblog 13 December 2013 at 3:50 am #

      Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you found the post of some use. There are plenty of posts here, over a thousand now, so feel free to dig around. 8)

      I believe we all can improve, and should improve. And that improving is like a moving target. As you get better, you find better ways to improve yourself.

    • Vivian greene 26 December 2015 at 11:04 pm #

      That my creations are helpful is my greatest reward. Blessings

      • philosiblog 4 January 2016 at 4:25 am #

        Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear from you, and I’m sure Suvi is as well.

  9. jackie 2 December 2013 at 9:15 am #

    how to responds to the wet?

    • philosiblog 4 December 2013 at 7:32 am #

      Exactly. You don’t always get dry, sunny days. Sometimes you have to be able to do what you have to do in the wet.

      Thanks for stopping by, and for leaving a comment.

  10. Socrates (just joking) 17 October 2013 at 6:55 am #

    What is to live our lives?

    • philosiblog 19 October 2013 at 2:49 am #

      I’m not sure I understand the question. Please rephrase or extend.

  11. ammiep 31 July 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Reblogged this on Ammie's Space and commented:


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