When the sky is bright and the sun is shining, when I am barefoot on the grass and surrounded by Nature… that is when I feel the most grounded, the most content and the most free.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a house with a huge garden and to have two wonderful parents who taught me how important it is to take care for living things. They have always nurtured my connection with Nature and, thanks to them, I became environmental aware by exploring the workings of nature. I have learnt to treasure wildlife and to appreciate this beautiful Planet Earth that we are so lucky to live in.
Currently, I live at an apartment in the city centre and despite the undeniable perks of the urban environment, I miss being closer to Nature’s sheer beauty. I can’t complain much about my surrounding because I can easily leave the house and go for a stroll in the park or by the Dutch canals but sometimes… sometimes I just wish I could look out the window and have a view of Nature in its purest form: leafy, green and raw.
That being said, bringing plants into my life was the best way I found to feel the closest to Nature when I am indoors. With the Spring approaching I felt this sudden urge of buying a zillion of plants. And oh well, I sort of did. Though I have to admit that I have unintendly killed a few during these last couple of months…I know, I know. Shame on me. Nevertheless, now that Spring is finally here to stay, I am fully committed and firmly determined to properly take care of my house plants. I want to plant a few herb and flower and herbs seeds in some pots and I am super excited to nurture them and (hopefully!!) see them grow! The other day, I bought this tiny white Hyacinth at the supermarket and exactly one day after, it beautifully bloomed.
It might sound silly but I can’t even tell you guys how truly happy and grateful it made me feel. Of course that this feeling would be heightened if I had actually sowed the seed myself.. but this is actually what I love about gardening: having the opportunity of seeing one of your “creations” to develop into something so beautiful.
As I have dabbled in gardening in the past, I know that taking good care of my house plants and seeing them grow can give me this indescribable sense of achievement, inner satisfaction and aesthetic pleasure. It might be a trivial thing for many but I feel like seeing my flowers blooming for the first time is a really rewarding endeavour. It makes me tap into a natural rhythm that is so powerful and that leaves me truly happy with myself. I feel like owning plants has this amazing power of improving my overall outlook on life and of brightening up my days.
Another amazing thing about gardening is that we are able to observe the cycle of life first hand. Growing a plant from seed and looking after it until it dies down for winter is quite a learning experience.
Even though plants react to the surroundings and circumstances they are in, they also move through life at their own pace. I feel like we, as humans, have so much to learn from Nature. After all, it gives us so much without asking anything in return. How amazing and rare is that? ♥