I think there is a lot to be gained by having an appreciation for the smallest things.. I think seeing the beauty in things typically overlooked, is a beautiful thing in itself.

I had a moment the other day while I was driving through some backwoods roads. I acknowledged the lines of shadow cast on the road in front of me and wasn’t irritated. Usually it’s sort of a pain when the sun is shining through the trees and you get little blinks of light over and over again; it’s blinding, repetitive, and obnoxious. It makes my eyes cross! But for some reason, that morning I thought it was lovely. It got me thinking about how the sun had to be at a particular angle over these trees for them to create that shadow on the road, and it won’t be the same in an hour. It’s an obvious fact, everyone knows light behind objects = shadow, but in that moment I wasn’t annoyed with it. I was in awe. It suddenly turned into this abstract piece of art that I could see each day if I wanted to. It will always be there. Over and over again.

Little things like this mesmerize me. Reflections mesmerize me. The tides fascinate me. Human nature intrigues me. Symmetry in nature amazes me. Every day, I am finding something else to fall in love with, and think about. Every day I’m learning something new about myself and this world, and just everything. I feel like I’m falling in love with life and my surroundings, despite where I happen to live. (Boring B.F.E.) Despite the things I deal with that I can’t yet control or explain. Despite having to handle things that aren’t exactly easy. When you make your own sunshine and carry it with you, you don’t have to rely on the hope that sunshine will just appear. Because unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

I realize I have a lot of issues to work out. I’m 23. It would be kind of strange if things were perfect, right? But for once in my life, I’m not feeling like it’s the end of the world because of them. I’m finally able to see past them. I no longer allow them to be defining aspects of my life.

When things in life get obnoxious, scary, repetitive, discouraging, blinding, or tiresome, don’t forget that they always serve a purpose, if you’re willing to open your mind and see it. If you can’t see the silver lining in a negative situation, make one up. Nothing in life is unnecessary. Nothing is without reason. When you can consistently see beauty in the things otherwise seen as a nuisance, your world will be a better place to live in.

 

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