We should get our umbrellas ready before it rains
We have a saying in our country. “Sediakan payung sebelum hujan.” It basically means that we should get our umbrellas ready before it rains.
We are an equatorial country with rain almost throughout the year. Torrential downpours are quite common. However it seldom rains without any warning. The clouds turn a little dark, then darker, and then it rains. Despite these warnings, we can often see people stuck without umbrellas.
Of course, our forefathers did not come up with the saying with only rain and umbrellas in mind. The saying was more to teach us to prepare ahead. Like savings for retirement, studies before exams, practice before games, being adequately insured etc.
I have to admit that I could have done with a lot more practice in following this wise saying. There are a lot of issues where earlier preparation would have helped me a lot.
However, one thing my family is well prepared for is rain. We have umbrellas in the front of our house and in our cars. The umbrellas are kept in the front passenger seat, slotted in between the gear controls and the seat. I
t can be quite a tough job trying to get the umbrella opened whilst trying to get out of the car when it is parked besides other cars in open car parks. We can’t open the door too wide, as the door may dent the door of the car beside us. Additionally the rain often just pours, so we have to open the door a little, slot out the umbrella, open the umbrella and then wriggle ourselves out. Getting a little wet would be a given. The advantage is that we don’t get soaked.
Keeping an umbrella handy in the car became second nature only after getting soaked a number of times earlier in life.
Unfortunately for other situations in life, not to have sediakan payung sebelum hujan has far deeper and more permanent results.