People on this earth live like they'll be here forever. They forget that we're not immortal.

April 30th, 2015, 2pm

I live in a state with impossible beauty. Everywhere I turn, there seems to be a new sight peeking out from behind a corner. I love to see it and be reminded of the wonder of the world I live in, and what a gift it is to exist here and now. But, over time, I’ve noticed that sometimes, people live like they’ll be here forever. We live like we have all the time in the world, and we forget that we’re not immortal. We forget that our time is running short, and we live our lives like we won’t ever leave the earth we live on. And although sometimes it’s hard to talk about, we should realize that we don’t have unlimited time. Someday, we will leave. And we can take that knowledge and either throw it over our shoulder and forget about it, and continue to live our lives in normalcy, or we can become stressed that our time is running short, or we can think about the way we live. We can take more walks, look at wildflowers growing in the grass, embrace the way the sun feels on our skin, gaze in awe at the mountains and the hills, run outside when it’s raining, watch for butterflies, admire the birds, and listen to what the world whispers on cloudy days. Our lives may be short in comparison to eternity, but that doesn’t mean that we have to do crazy, stupid things. May this simply encourage us to find the simple beauty in things. The next time you step outside, look up at the sky. If it’s cloudy and grey, look for the funny shapes of the clouds or the sun’s radiating warmth bursting through. If it’s sunny, admire the blueness of the sky. Go stargazing with someone you love, and stare through the stars and think about the unknowns of our universe. Take a picnic and sit under a tree and feel the breeze tickle your cheeks. Whatever you do, try your best to find the beauty in the world around you. It’s everywhere, if only you look.

Sanna, Christine and David Wade said thanks.

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Emma Hanson

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