There’s a constant in life that has withstood the test of time. It has seen empires fall and widespread destruction. It has also seen rebirth and brought peace. This constant is seen in the smallest blade of grass to the tallest tops of the sequoia trees. Nature has always been around, it was here before our cities and will keep going when we abandon them. Nature, in a lot of ways, puts our world and our place into in perspective, while there is an ever increasing concern for rising temperatures and climate change due to human activity.
The oldest known tree is 5,000 years old, the oldest mountain ranges are 3.6 billion years old, and Earth itself is 4.5 billion years old. They have been there, and they continue about their routines without interference. There is an ornate beauty in this, the leaves on the trees or the heights of the mountains exist in peace, they flourish and provide and will continue to do so until interrupted by an outside force.
Nature is where we get fruit and vegetables from, grassy fields to have picnics in, and houseplants to keep us company. We have our ways of appreciating nature, and this can help ground us and realize on a grander scale what surrounds us. A leaf may be innocuous at first, but notice the way it’s shaped, or how it curves, or what lines may play on its surface. The constant that nature plays in our lives shouldn’t be ignored, and the more we notice it and engage with it, the more we can appreciate the benefits we gather from its wonder.
So go on a hike, a walk in the park, or water your houseplant, take care and enjoy the vast constant that is in our lives. Though destructive practices may try and take it away, we can do what we can for what gives us so much.