A headline caught my eye the other day while I was looking through the internet. It read, “Most people stop reading after college and 19 other things no one tells you about growing up”. I clicked on it because just last week, I had to force myself to set aside my electronic devices and sit down with a good book. I was an English major in college and I had to FORCE myself to read something because I had come to the realization that I had, in fact, stopped reading after I graduated college.
Before I knew it, I was 70 pages in and relieved. It felt good to do something that I used to enjoy so much and find that it was something I still very much enjoyed. That being said, I had to make a mental note to myself that reading was one of those necessary things I HAVE to make time for because of how much happiness it brings me.
Back to the article and it’s relevancy, it turned out to be a list of things that happen or things you realize once you graduate and start to “grow up.” Aside from the title catching my eye, something else stuck with me. #6 on the list read, “You forget the value of ‘touch’ later on.” It sounded weird but went on to ask, “When was the last time you played in the rain? When was the last time you sat on a sidewalk and looked closely at the cracks, the rocks, the dirt, the one weed growing between the concrete and the grass nearby?” When I read that, I could feel the warm sidewalk on the back of my legs even though it had been ages since the last time I had done that and also, it’s still winter and I was sitting in an office chair.
I thought I’d share the article in it’s entirety because it’s important to pay attention to the small stuff. To do more things that make you happy when you’re not busy working, or spending time with family, or “growing up”. It made me feel good to be reminded of certain things; that you can still be an adult and make time for small things that bring you joy, and also, that other people are experiencing the same thoughts and realizations. Work, and success, and family and friends, are all important pieces to our puzzle but don’t forget: read a book, go for a walk, use your imagination, sit on the sidewalk, and most importantly… #14. NOTHING FEELS AS GOOD AS SOMETHING YOU DO FROM THE HEART.
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