Hello my lovelies,
Growing up in Vegas, left me thoroughly unprepared for the insane winter weather days on the east coast. Last month, I found myself caught in turbulent snow. I wanted to run inside, light a candle, snuggle up in a blanket, and watch some cheesy rom-coms (for the record that new rom-com with Rebel Wilson was hilarious). Yet, once I got over how cold and wet it was outside, I saw the beauty in the little white flakes falling in my vision. I even went out and tried and failed to make a snow angel haha.
These flakes silently communicate to us. I learn so many lessons from just watching the snow. It teaches us to look for the beauty in nature. We walk the same paths everyday, and we forget our surroundings. Our minds are hurrying us along to get to our destination, completely missing the journey. I find myself doing this a lot. While walking between classes, I call my mom for our daily chat or some of my friends who I haven't caught up with in a while. It's a short but perfect time to fill with conversation. I end up staring at my phone. My face isn't even up and open to the world around me. Even if the person is right in front of me, our surroundings blur. I have never been one to constantly appreciate a landscape or notice small details around me. But snow. It never fails to capture my attention. Maybe it's because I've been deprived of it all my life, but I don't see the fascination ending in the foreseeable future. I doubt I will ever grow tired of the delicate white flakes.
Snow also teaches us to appreciate the present. Our minds tend to drift to the past or the future. We miss what we had and long for what we hope to achieve. As young adults, transitioning out of high school, this is very prominent. We long for the "Glory Days" and then stress about the future. "Did we peak in high school?" Many people ponder. But, I believe there is not just one peak to achieve in life. Life is full of ups and downs. When we are in the downs, though, we want them to blur by. We forget that there is a lesson to be taken from every down. There is room for growth in the valleys. However, snow brings everyone to the present. Snow has such a fleeting life sometimes that if we don't open our eyes to really see it in that moment, we might miss it. Its limited time is the reason it is valuable. We have to experience the valleys in life, to make the mountains more valuable. If we lived our lives on a steady path, never changing inclination, we would never have happy or sad memories. Only memories. It is important to value the present, no matter the time in your life. Even if overall your day was bad, I encourage you to find the few things in it that were good. I bet you there isn't a single day where it isn't possible for you to find one.
I admire snow for its beauty and for the lessons it teaches. I will miss it as winter fades into spring. I am looking forward to seeing it again next year, but I definitely will be appreciating the spring, summer, and fall seasons in the meantime.
Much love from hails ;)