Prior to returning to Blair after Winter Break, my aunt gave me a little plant for my dorm room.
As this was the time directly after Christmas Break, when things started to settle down and get less lively, I thought that this was the perfect way to bring some vitality to my room. This beautifully blooming plant seemed like the perfect remedy to get me through until I reached the light at the end of the tunnel of winter. I watered this plant everyday, sometimes even twice, making sure that I cared for and nurtured this little piece of nature as best I could.
One week, my roommate pointed something out to me. She lifted up the plant, revealing that it had no roots and was actually made of plastic. I swear I am not as brainless as it may seem. There was at least real moss under this fake, aesthetically pleasing plant.
I felt as if I had been cheated. My life was a hoax! I had poured my heart and soul into this little plant, getting nothing but shiny plastic in return.
This realization was a little shocking, but it taught me something quite valuable. Yes, this was only a piece of plastic, but it was something that got me through the dark months that come before the most beautiful time of the year.
By watering this plant everyday, I had something to look forward to. It was a source of life and positive energy that was thriving because of me. This thought lifted my spirits, and my daily plant watering made me feel more lively.
The fact that this tiny plastic plant could lift my spirits and give me this new and improved source of energy was amazing. This goes to show that it’s all about mindset. We all have control over our thoughts and our reactions to them. In the back of my mind, I knew this plant never lived a day in its life, but subconsciously this daily activity helped me through a somewhat difficult time.
I encourage you to find your “plant,” whatever it may be, and let it guide you past whatever obstacle you face. Changing your mindset is all you need to enhance the joy in life.
(Copyright 2018 Ava Roche)