Just a Thought

Stop and Smell the Roses

So today, I went kayaking with my family. I had fun spending time with them and all of us enjoyed the weather that we experience while out on the water.

While I was on the river, I heard the distinctive call of an eagle (I’m sort of a bird enthusiast πŸ˜‰ ). I looked up and around my immediate surroundings and saw a flock of them soaring near the crest of a mountain not far from the river’s bank. And I just watched them. I watched them swoop and bank. I wondered what kind of joy they were experiencing or if they were as blissful as I would imagine feeling if I could fly.

I’m the only one who took notice of this of course. But I don’t really mind. Because one of the reasons why I find peace and contentedness both in my good times and bad is that I allow myself to forget what’s going on in my life, forget my circumstances, and I just watch the world around me.

During the fall semester last year, I often found myself running around betweeen work and classes and my extracurricular activities. And I recall being in my dirty catering and walking to quad after I had had my dinner and I just sat down on a bunch and watched the world around me. I watched the sun as it fought its way through the clouds, fellow students as the milled around, even the occasional dog running around. It was just so nice to just not have to use my brain, if only for a little while.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet but I love the state of Virginia (my home). I love it’s unique geography and history. I could go on.

I’ve had friends used to say that they disliked the state. They would say that it’s boring and that they couldn’t wait to get out. But I’ve never really felt that way.

One time I was with them I pointed out how beautiful the sunset was and I went on and on about the colors and the way it set over the mountains. And they would ask me to stop being sentimental (I can’t help it, I’m kind of a sap πŸ˜† ).

But as a person who has had her fair share of sadness, I always try to find good and happiness in the little things. Even if the only good thing is a sunset or flock of birds flying or driving in my car.

There have been many times when I’ll be at Uni and I’ll just go for a drive in my car. If it’s warm enough, I let wind blowing through my windows be my A/C and I set my soundtrack to the local alternative/indie rock station.

I believe that there’s good in everything. Sometimes, you just have to stop and look for it.


  • Pauline

    I love birds! I think they’re seriously beautiful and I am always fascinated about how it must feel to fly! πŸ˜›

    I love watching the world just go by after a long day at work and I’m waiting for the bus. It’s so hard to keep up with the pressures of the working world/studies and when you just stop and think for a bit and watch, it feels great πŸ™‚

    Haha, I’m always like that, I always point out the beautiful things around me and my friends are always like, “What are you even saying stop” but it’s so nice to appreciate these things πŸ™‚

  • Laurie

    I love Virginia!! I’ve been to Williamsburg, UVA, Roanoke Island and Richmond. My best friend lived there when she was younger. Its a pretty state. πŸ™‚