The Pretty Little Things We Often Overlook

You would admire the sky if you only looked up.
You would admire the sky if you only looked up.

It truly is a blessing to have the ability to see. Through our eyes, we get to appreciate how the world works and how beautiful it is. However, we sometimes perceive them differently and ignore them altogether, even if it is a masterpiece. Imagine you were in an art gallery. You would be fascinated by the splendour of renowned paintings like the Mona Lisa. At the same time, you would find yourself scratching your head and wondering why people can admire a painting that looks so simple, for example, a black dot at the centre of a white canvas. You might not notice it was even there unless someone looked at that black spot. With that said, a few things can escape our vision as we do not acknowledge them at all. We do not notice its value and beauty. Thus, it becomes abstract to us.

Flower in full bloom.
Flower in full bloom.

Sometimes, we just don’t see it. We usually get so caught up with work that we rarely have the time to pay attention to anything else. That is when the stress kicks in and we start to forget to unwind. We stop caring about things that happen around us and only focus on the task we intend to complete. It is sad as it is true.

We need to stop and take our time to enjoy these little things. For all we know, some of them only happen once. I’m not only referring to phenomena that occur ever so rarely like Halley’s Comet. I am also implying that we should do the same with moments we spend with our dear loved ones. Cherish the memories you shared with your friends and family. It does not matter whether some of them seem insignificant to you. It may be important to you later on in life. Take Russell from the movie “Up” as an example. He rarely ever gets to see his Dad and eventually never has the chance to meet him again. The only memory of him with his father is when they ate ice cream together. Russell clings to that moment as that is the only thing he can remember of his Dad.

We should be aware of things that happen around us. If we don’t, we may end up regretting it. Take some time off to relish these small elements and be grateful to be alive. That is how one should experience life.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off



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