I came across a beautiful quote earlier this week about standing firm, even in the most difficult of seasons. Such a simple quote, but so important, especially in this day and age, where people are running from one thing to another or trying to ‘get through’ what they can without really experiencing it. We’re often just trying to get from point A to point B, right? And in the easiest, less damaging way possible.
When I think about my life, I’m always in a hurry to get out of the storm. I’m always looking to get my feet back on solid, dry ground. To re-center and find my next steps. I don’t like being in the middle of the chaos. But it’s in the chaos that we truly grow—isn’t it?
Like the quote says, when we stand firm in our difficult seasons, we give ourselves strength. We push through and gain new knowledge. We rebuild. And we realize that we’re a lot more powerful than we think.
As its rains (again) in Southern California, I’ve been thinking a lot about the weather, and how a storm really is just a giant metaphor for getting through the turbulent times in our lives. People will caution you to stay inside, but sometimes you just have to weather what comes in order to get to where you need to be.
In a partnership with Hedgehog Umbrella, I wanted to share some must-haves—not only for your weather-fighting tools—but for you, as you continue on your personal journey. Hopefully you will feel encouraged to stand your ground in every storm you face.
1. You need to be prepared.
Whether you’re facing an internal or external storm, this rule is the same. In order to get yourself through the messy and tough times, you have to be prepared.
When it comes to umbrellas, there are so many to choose from, but the Hedgehog stands out for its durability, flexibility, and smart design. The umbrella’s build is inspired by the automotive industry, but still keeps user-friendliness in mind. It’s advanced, yes, but not any more complicated than the average umbrella. What sets it apart, though, is that it’s built to serve you.
2. You need sturdiness.
A firm foundation comes from within, from the people you love, and from what you choose to surround yourself with. In terms of umbrellas, the Hedgehog is of the best. Unlike regular umbrellas that have thin, flimsy rib structures, the Hedgehog features dual, durable and wind resistant carbon pieces joined by polycarbonate hinges. (In less technical terms—this equals efficiency throughout the entire body.)
It’s one thing to go into a storm or difficult season with a thin raincoat over your shoulders. It’s another to have full-body armor hovering over your head.
3. You need something else to do the heavy lifting.
How many times have you found yourself wrestling with an umbrella shaft, all the while getting soaked? Or struggling to get yourself together, while simultaneously putting someone else’s weight on your shoulders? The Hedgehog, although advanced, is lightweight. And with the innovative interior ribbing, it’s resisting the wind with minimal effort on your part.
When you’re in a difficult season, the last thing you want to do is shoulder the burden alone. Whether it’s a tool, a person, a motivational speech, or something else that uplifts you, let it. When your weight is lifted, you can focus more on who and where you want to be.
4. You need to accept change.
With every difficult season comes a learning experience. As you go through something, you discover things about yourself you may not have known. You find ways that you can improve, and you accept that change is inevitable.
Same goes for the (literal) rainstorms in your life. If you’ve been used to the same umbrella for years, maybe it’s time to switch to something new, something sturdier, something more dependable. Accepting change is a part of the process, and a part of growing yourself.
5. You need to stay true to yourself.
Storms will challenge you, but they shouldn’t change you. Sure, you’ll shift the way you see the world, how you react to certain things, and the decisions that make up who you are. But at the core, you will always be you.
And when it comes to finding an umbrella—that same belief rings true. With Hedgehog umbrellas, you get to be yourself even as you fight through the storms of this life. Each umbrella comes with an interchangeable canopy. And even better? The entire umbrella is compact enough to fit in your pocket! No longer will you be defined by the weather!
Regardless of the physical, literal, or emotional storms of this life, you will get through. Sometimes you just need the tools to help you along the way.
[If you’re interested in purchasing a Hedgehog umbrella, click here.]
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