It sits in the way that people hang their heads and keep on walking without looking up. In the very way that we don’t look at stars in the city anymore because we can’t really see them.
When was the last time I actually looked at the stars?
It hangs over me in a way that is inscrutable.
When did I stop noticing trees.. When did I realize that I actively needed to start?
Once a close friend to me asked if I’d ever realized how many shades of green I’m taking in at when I look at trees. What a question. It changed my entire perspective. It was like someone had told me I could wear glasses to see detail after living with blurry vision.
It’s nonsensical to me. At what point in our lives do we lose the wonder? Because I don’t understand why other people aren’t running outside with me every night to catch a glimpse of the sun putting itself to bed before we say hello to the moon.
When was the last time you looked at the moon? I mean really acknowledged it’s magnitude.
As humans we get really comfortable when we have routine. What becomes normal to us seems to lose its touch. Then we get uncomfortable– we need new– we need exciting. Something to spark our interest and make us feel giddy again.
What if monotony didn’t define us, but gave us a platform to which we could see the value in everyday astonishment?
I know we eat everyday out of habit but when was the last time you really savoured your food?
I feel as though experiencing awe in the minute, tiny detail this world has to offer is a choice. However, the more we make that choice the more it comes naturally — until you’re looking around and smiling for no reason other than the fact that the sky seems a bit clearer than yesterday. What I’m curious to know though, is how it got to the point where it needs to be an active choice in the first place.
Did we lose it because we got to busy? Or is it because wonder isn’t valued in daily practice? Perhaps it’s just because we forget to notice. How can we make sure we do?
When was the last time you noticed what fresh air feels like coming into your lungs?
When was the last time you thanked your body for taking care of you?
When was the last time you thought about how powerful it is to be a human with autonomous choice?
Wonder should not be foreign to you. Don’t let it be unknowable or unfathomable.
Because the only part that’s inscrutable is that we don’t see it when it’s right in front of us.