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Is This Your First Time Making It Rain?

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

There is always a first time that changes everything, and I can think of so many as a teen, college student, first job, first trip (wink, wink), etc. And yes, every day is a first-time, as we go about our day, day-in and day-out, but there are those times that causes a shift, that can impact your life in many ways. Can you think of a first-time moment? How did it change your life? Was it good, bad or an in between a rock and hard place moment? What was the outcome? Did something have to change because of that first-time?

I have written a short story of one of my many first-time moments.

Title: Crunch Time

I am in the shower crying, noon time I think, contemplating how I am going to complete this statistics project, when only one of my teammates, we will call him Tiger, is putting in about the same amount of work as me. And for the other teammates, Caterpillar 1, 2, & 3, I am clueless about what they are doing, as I hear nothing, and see nothing. We all have our assignments on the project based on our college major, so you can see, it might be difficult for me to do the accounting piece.

I eventually got out of the shower, reached for my towel, looked in the mirror and said to myself, how are we going to do this? I headed to my room, got lathered up and put on some comfortable chill clothes, sweats and tee. I laid on the bed for a moment, looking up at the ceiling, and then dialed the 7 digits. The phone rang one’s and Tiger picked up. We chatted about the status of the project and knowing that it was only us, we decided to work on this together. We agreed, tomorrow at 12p, Tigers place, and crunch time was in motion. I hung up the phone, headed to the kitchen to eat lunch, tummy full, ready to work on my other class assignments. I had four other classes that semester, so I had no time to dwell on this one. Crunch time commenced, I had dinner, and went night, night around 10.

Next day, rise and shine Butterfly, 7am I think. I had some Lucky Charms, took a shower, got dressed and went to school. I had a 9 and 10am class. Finished that, hopped in my car, and headed to Tiger’s place. Reached the door, knock, knock. Hi, Hi, let’s get busy. We headed to his room, already knowing what we had and what needed to be completed. We gave ourselves 3 days to have all areas completed. We weren't worried about our pieces, because they were pretty much done, which was a relief. Day 1 commenced, as we crunched and munched on snacks, working on the marketing and advertising piece. Next day he worked on accounting and budgeting, and I worked on forecasting and logistics, who knew they intertwined. Day 3 was IT and programming. On day 4 we met up at school for a few hours to review the draft and we finalized everything on day 5.

We submitted the project on time, not knowing what to expect, but satisfied with the work completed. 2 days later, grades came in and I was a little bummed that I did not receive the grade I wanted, but I did pass. I knew I was not going to take that class again and neither was Tiger, and we made sure of that by having all the key areas completed as required by the professor. We received feedback from the professor, which was extremely helpful for future projects. And for this first-time experience, it opened my eyes to a lot, but most importantly, it taught me to never give up and that there is always a way.

Now, I hope I didn't loose you regarding the “making it rain”, as part of the blog title, its kinda double entendre; but if I did, just push through the tears, face those challenges, stay focused, and watch your goals get completed as more tears fall, but out of pure joy and relief.

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