Have you ever caught yourself counting down the days to a weekend, break, or holiday? Because those are the days when life is just… better? When I was younger, I always assumed that the big things in life were what we were supposed to look forward to. Getting a driver’s license, graduation, first day of college, a wedding, etc. Now that I’m getting older, I’ve learned that yes, those are extremely special moments, but they aren’t the only important ones.
Somewhere along the way, I learned that the little moments that lead to big ones were equally as important. Maybe it was my first day driving ever, & peeling out into traffic on accident (Yes with squealing tires & all) A moment of fear, screaming, & laughter. Maybe it was all of the shenanigans during high school, from football games to goofing around with my friends. Or maybe it was staying after class in college, studying artwork with classmates & teachers. Creating. Learning. Laughing. Somewhere along the way, I learned that beauty is in every day, even the bad ones. So I made a list.
“the little things” is the list that was just the beginning of changing my life for the better. After spending months emotionally exhausted, just waiting for weekends to come, just waiting for winter break to save me, just waiting for the days to come where things were supposed to just be better, I decided to write down all of the little things in the everyday that brought out a pure happiness within me. The more I wrote down, the more inner peace & bliss I felt swelling up inside of me. Because at the end of the day, I realized that the little things that made me happy actually weren’t so little. & I realized that I didn’t have to wait for some extravagant day to find beautiful moments.
Each day we live brings something special; brings some sort of beauty. It’s there. Every single day. You don’t have to wait for the weekend, a break, or holiday to find it. Some days may be more difficult to see it than others, but it will always be there. Whether it be in a beautiful sunset, a good laugh, or in your favorite song. Little moments like these are the ones you will look back on & hold close to your heart. These are the moments that deserve your appreciation & full attention. The sweetest, most pure, genuine moments.
The other day, I suggested going on a run with Zack, my significant other. Now, mind you, I have horrible stamina, & it didn’t take me long to be completely out of breath. Falling behind, choking on air, I wondered why I thought this would ever be a good idea. “I hate my life,” I whispered, & Zack was just smiling.
“Oh, come on,” he said, “It’s a beautiful day to die!” & his words hit me like a truck. Disconnecting myself from my rapid heart beat & shortness of breath, I looked around. The sky held a deep, vibrant, orange-red color as the sun set, the trees were green, & the air was crisp. I had a nice cup of coffee that morning, worked on my website, & danced around my kitchen while cooking. It was a beautiful day. I had a beautiful day. & if this five-minute run killed me, it would be a beautiful day to die.
What I’m saying, is the little things in life do matter, & they aren’t as little as what we claim them to be. They are what makes up the majority of our lives. These little things in the everyday hold so much beauty, sometimes we just have to actively seek & acknowledge them. So appreciate all of the little things you can think of today. Every little thing you can muster. Anything that brings you joy. Hold it close to your heart, & truly appreciate it. & hey, if today happens to be the last day you are here on Earth, it’s a beautiful day to die.
♡ Valerie Karen.
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