As I peer out the window of the gondola, a blanket of hazy gray diffuses the sprinkled light. Squealing, screeching, snickering—the typical din of being in a confined area with seven other girls. I hear nothing, I say nothing, yet, I feel that I can see everything.
“Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.”
― E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
It’s just a flower kind of day…
I have found recently that I tend to be unhappy when I am inside. Not that forms of social media like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram cannot entertain me for hours, which they can and have, by the way. When I am inside, I become engrossed in others’ social lives, dependent on awaiting a response, obsessed with likes, and that is hardly a content feeling. Recently, there have been a lot of videos and movements urging our generation to step away from electronics and into the outdoors, and I truly think they are on to something.
Maybe the life ring to pull me in from the recent waves of woe is right outside…
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but why am I not that lucky viewer? I find it unbearably challenging to not measure my self-worth in pounds, likes, or compliments, but in smiles instead.
The flutter of your nimble wings matches my heart’s quivering strokes. Ephemeral describes our encounter, yet monumental defines that moment.
Is it odd that we panic when there is no connection to the internet?
Forming new connections with others does not seem like a high priority at all. No, we prefer the comfort and familiarity of seclusion over the novelty and innovation of interaction. As John Lennon once said, “A dream you dream is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality”. In other words we should not aspire to live for ourselves, for we are connected to others in countless ways. Maybe today is the day to step outside security and build a bridge.