A New Feeling

For a long time now, I’ve hidden my own personal thoughts and opinions on a lot of things. It’s not for any particularly bad reason, but more of a complex one. It’s taken me a long time to truly love the way I view the world, simply because it’s overwhelming.

When I see another person, I see a whole other book. What I mean by that is, you know the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well,I don’t just see an individual as a book cover. I see them as a whole lifetime of memories and life experiences… like a whole book; chapters, pages, good and bad stories.. but all we see is the cover. If we’re lucky, we get to see their table of contents through small talk. But unless we really get to know them, we don’t see their whole book!

For example, I’m currently sitting in a car dealership while my car gets an oil change and routine check up. But I’m sitting in a room with other individuals. Some are working, some are also waiting for their cars, and some are just passing through. But each one of these individuals have a whole life that I know nothing about. Each person has fought battles I’ll never know about and experienced joy that can’t be explained. But for a few moments, on this sunny day, our paths are crossing. No words are being exchanged, we’re simply just in the same place at the same time and I think that’s magical.

I love people. I love how every single person has their own unique story and their own view of the world. I love how every person has their own realm of possibilities presented to them throughout their lifetime. No two people will live the EXACT same life with the EXACT same thoughts and that is something that constantly blows my mind. Every person has their own story, and if we’re lucky enough, we get to be characters in each other’s stories!

I say all of that to make the point that I don’t see the world in blacks, whites, and grays. I see life full of color and intricacies. I see the world through the entire color wheel. For the longest time, I haven’t been able to put how I view the world into words because it’s too much for me to comprehend sometimes. But the more I get to know myself, the more I love and appreciate this part of me. I’m not sure where life will lead or how this perspective of mine will effect the course of my life long term, but right now I’m taking it day by day. Today, I’m choosing to start putting how I view the world into words.

I think if more people shared this perspective, the world would be a much more gentle and caring place. The fact that each person you pass by or come into contact with has survived every bad day and circumstance thrown at them is miraculous. Every single person you see is a walking miracle in some way or another. When you look at your life, think of everything you’ve overcome thus far. Now multiply that by every single person you see throughout the day… if that doesn’t give you a sense of awe and beauty for the world around you, I don’t know what will. Life is to be celebrated.. and that goes for everyone you see. Life is too short to focus on someone’s flaws or shortcomings.. especially when we’re all living, breathing, and in this moment, doing okay.

I’m not quite sure what the overall point of this post was, but today I am grateful for the way I view the world and I wanted to give you a little glimpse of what I see through my eyes. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read my post. It may not reach a lot of people, but even if it reaches and impacts one, I’ll be happy. Celebrate how far you’ve come today. You’ve made it another day and that’s something to be proud of!

I am cheering you on every step of the way.

With so much love,

Lauren K. ❤

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