The world is so vast, and sometimes it makes me feel insignificant. But sometimes, I feel limitless.

June 22nd, 2015, 6pm

I go biking quite a lot, especially during the summer. Usually I stick to my normal routine, which consists of a library visit, an iced Starbucks coffee, and sitting under my favorite tree, just thinking and admiring the world. I like it, and it’s a comfortable place for me to be. But, today, I decided to do something a little different. I hopped on my bike to go to the library, but as I arrived, something in me pushed to go on. It just didn’t feel right to stop. So I kept on going. I rode over a hill and I went as fast as I could, and I felt the wind in my hair and the rode under my feet and I just kept on going. I went faster and faster and farther and farther and soon, I didn’t even care where I was going. I was on an adventure, and all I wanted to do was go a little bit farther. I discovered beautiful new places, a babbling brook, a quiet meadow, and a wide, empty golden field. It was completely silent, and the sky was wide and blue and all I could do was stare in awe. It was like my heart was bursting with love for where I live. And I started to think, something I tend to do quite a lot. I always rode to my place, and I never even thought to go farther than where I always did. And when I finally pushed past the borderlines and explored, I discovered so much more! So many places I had no idea existed, so many people, so many beautiful spots of earth, and I didn’t even know. And when I found that golden field, I felt a strange tugging at my heart. The world is so vast, and sometimes it makes me feel insignificant. Like I’m just a speck of dust in the largeness of the universe. And I feel small, like I’m shrinking and shrinking and my tiny existence doesn’t matter. But sometimes, I feel limitless. Like nothing can stop me, like I can dance among the stars and walk on the oceans and touch the tops of trees, and I’m unstoppable. The world can make you feel lots of things, can’t it? It’s really quite interesting. You can learn a lot about a person by how the world makes them feel. I love the world, and I hope that someday, we can all learn to appreciate it and its unfathomable beauty.

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Emma Hanson

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