Published on 22 December 2019 by Kyla R.
“There is beauty in everything,” People say. I don’t think I have ever heard or read a phrase more often than that in my times of reflection and fear. They will tell you to take a look around and take in the scenery, the peace, the air. More than not, it’s hard to complete such a simple task. But why? Likely because it’s not so simple after all.
I don’t know about you, but I found a love of being in nature all alone. Nothing but me and the air surrounding me, whatever the scenery is. The silence…Oh, the silence. It’s something surreal. It’s incredibly hard to take a moment to yourself and just breathe many days. We constantly have things to do. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly aiming to find even more to do. We are all motivated by something. Love…Compassion. Money, fame, pride. There’s so many things that us humans are motivated by. It’s a blessing and a curse in my book. We’re unlike any animal on this earth with such a broad scope of possibilities that we focus so much on what we can have that we don’t take a moment to realize what we do have.
One thing I find most empowering in these obviously, yet hidden beauties in life, is the fact that it surrounds us. Even in our most stressful moments, the world is still spinning. People are still moving. In moments of dire anxiety, I’ll hold a deep breath and think about the fact that no one else knows how I’m feeling. People have their own feelings, and we don’t always know how to express them best.
A perfect example of this is the time I drove down a one way road the wrong way. I was so incredibly frustrated and embarrassed, but as soon as I got back to the main road I quickly noticed that no one I was driving by then knew what just happened, and that provided some solace.
I like to think that almost everyone automatically assumes I’m referring to animals, plants, trees, or things of the sort when I refer to hidden beauties in everyday life. But this isn’t necessarily what I’m referring to. The beauty in making someone smile, sitting on a laptop shielded from the rain, seeing the lights of a christmas tree reflecting off the windows of someone’s home. Things that make you smile, or maybe, internally smile.
When I was younger, I used to journal frequently. I thought up of an idea to make myself reflect my day better, an idea of “What Made Me Smile Today?” where I jotted down moments of my life that made me happy. I would script these down like a goofball with an enormous smile. But as I got older, I tried it again. I was having a hard time finding things that genuinely made me so happy that I could smile. I realized that with time, it was no longer what made me smile, but rather what made me pleased. What made me thankful.
It is not easy to take in the sights of your daily life when everything seems so rushed. We are all busy people. Whether you have school, work, children, or even a combination of them all, we are all busy in some way. But sometime this week, try to take a moment to yourself when you’re feeling riled up and breathe. Think about the objects and people that surround you and notice how lucky you are to be where you are, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.
What is the first hidden beauty you can think of that you are you grateful for?