Very, very rarely can we all agree on one thing, but this video is that thing—Drew Barrymore, with pure joy on her face, recording herself enjoying the heck out of the rain and encouraging everyone to do the same.
It feels like the entire internet is exploding with love for Drew and this video she shared over the weekend. Maybe we all need the reminder to dance in the rain—literally. Maybe we all just need a jolt of dopamine. Maybe we could all learn a lesson from Drew Barrymore on how to heal our inner child and embrace the good in life. Who can say?
In the viral clip, Drew looks heavenward in ecstasy, smiles, and says, “Whenever you can, go out in the rain, do not miss the opportunity."
It's honestly such a joyous video that I've replayed it again and again, hoping that Drew's happiness will somehow inject itself into my veins. And I'm not alone! People all over the internet are loving it, too.
It's true that Drew Barrymore had a less-than-ideal childhood—she's given plenty of interviews about what it was like being exploited by her parents as a child. After catapulting to fame as a child star after starring in E.T., Barrymore spiraled into drugs and alcohol at just 13 years old. By 14, she was staying in a psychiatric institution after her mom put her there. After a year and a half, she legally emancipated herself from her parents.
While many of us don't know what it's like to be part of an infamous family dynasty of actors where you're forced to navigate the ups and downs of fame before kindergarten, plenty of us have childhood trauma and our own "inner child" to heal.
Also? This is just who Drew is. Last week, she shared an emotional clip of herself as she discovered a covered-up window during home renovations.
Now that she's mother to her daughter Olive, 9, and Frankie, 7, she says the chaos of her childhood is what motivated her to be a good mother and role model for her own children.
"I didn’t have parents, I was the parent to them. It was all totally upside-down," she says. "So I didn’t know what I was doing. When people would talk to me about parenting I felt like an outcast. It took years for me to pluck up the courage to say, 'Can you speak to me as someone who is desperately trying to learn? Can you teach me?'"
Earlier this year, she also opened up about what it's like to date as a single mom—or the lack of dating, really. She and her ex-husband and the father of her daughters, Will Kopelman, divorced a few years ago.
"I don't know how to date with kids, you know. I'm not there yet. I have two young girls, and I'm like, I don't want to bring people home," Barrymore told "Queer Eye" star Bobby Berk in a clip that aired on CBS Mornings in January.
If the viral clip of Drew in the rain tells us anything, it's that she's a total catch—and likely a very warm, very wonderful mom.