Today, Sunday was the last day of my half-term break after 2 months of IB. I was on the bus on the way back when I came up with the content of today’s blog post.
After I got on the bus, I took off my glasses, got my earphones on and my music playing and then took a nap. After about an hour, I got up and looked out of the window. It was raining. The window of the bus had raindrops flowing downwards while creating beautiful patterns in front of me. And then it hit me!! It was beautiful. Just raindrops on a window some might say but for me, it was mesmerizing. Art created by drops of rain. Unplanned and natural. It was beautiful.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with news of war and crime, no one can blame you for thinking that the world is an ugly and unwelcoming place. The fact is it’s easier to see the bad and ugly things in our everyday lives compared to the good things that happen in our lives. For example, I’m sure all of us have had days where we remember one slip up or mistake or something that went horribly wrong. We call these days “bad days”. But, the fact is even on bad days where ugly things happen, you have to realize that there were so many other positive and beautiful things that happened to you. Just the fact that you’re alive and have your basic needs met is a beautiful thing that most of us take for granted. There are countless other small and beautiful things that happen to us daily. We just have to learn to not ignore them and focus on them—especially on “bad days”.
Day in and day out, we’re busy. Chasing after one thing or another. So much so that we don’t have time to actually stop and hit “pause” on our lives at times. And that is worrying because as Ryan Holiday says, “This is a fundamental irony of most people’s lives. They don’t quite know what they want to do with their lives. Yet they are very active.”
Some of us are too busy living in the past while others too busy worrying about their futures. And I’m not judging you for either. But, the fact is we have to take time off to live in the present sometimes. To slow down our hectic pace of life and take a good and hard look at our surroundings and our environment. Take notice of the small and beautiful things that are already present in your daily lives. Most of them are just waiting for you to discover and appreciate them.
When you take the time to look for beauty in your life, I promise you that you’ll find it everywhere. Maybe sometimes all you need to do is something similar to what I did. To take off our glasses —our prejudices, biases, and “busyness” —and learn to appreciate just how beautiful life really is. Science has taught us to be skeptics and to examine everything for what it is. But, maybe sometimes it might be beneficial to take a step or two back and see things in a bigger light. Because that’s when we might truly be able to appreciate things for what they are. I would like to end this post with C.S. Lewis’s words from “Meditations in a Toolshed” where he says:
“I was standing today in the dark toolshed. The sun was shining outside and through the crack at the top of the door there came a sunbeam. From where I stood that beam of light, with the specks of dust floating in it, was the most striking thing in the place. Everything else was almost pitch-black. I was seeing the beam, not seeing things by it. Then I moved, so that the beam fell on my eyes. Instantly the whole previous picture vanished. I saw no toolshed, and (above all) no beam. Instead I saw, framed in the irregular cranny at the top of the door, green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside and beyond that, 90 odd million miles away, the sun. Looking along the beam, and looking at the beam are very different experiences” —C.S. Lewis
Thank you for reading.