Cherry blossoms have always been really inspiring for me, they’re a visual sign from nature that winter is virtually over and brighter days are on the horizon. The University of Washington has the loveliest quad filled with cherry blossoms. Each year people flock from the city and suburbs to see the gorgeous blooms. With a dozen or so gigantic trees in full bloom the quad feels no less spectacular than a trip to fairyland.
One of the things I’ve always noticed about cherry blossoms is how quickly they bloom and then how quickly they fade away. As silly as it sounds, it’s sort of emotional for me! When the trees begin to bloom my heart is filled with happiness, I know they’re just trees but seeing them each day on my drive to work, as I walk to the coffee shop or jog in the park just fills my heart with overflowing euphoria. The trees are such a magical token of Spring and I strain myself hoping to take in their magic just a little bit every day so I won’t feel like I wasted their short lifespan when they petals fall.
Despite my best efforts I can’t help but feel a bit melancholy each year when the cherry blossoms are no longer in bloom. The magic baroque-esque petals are gone and I know I’ll have to go through another cold, dark winter before I can dance in their pink beauty again.
Cherry blossoms are a reminder to appreciate all of the little fleeting moments of beauty. In life there are so many beautiful moments-laughing so hard I can barely breathe with my bestie, curling up and falling asleep next to my puppy, making dinner and dancing in the kitchen with my boyfriend, watching the sunrise driving to the gym. It is easy, perhaps even natural, to let go of these beautiful moments because they fade away so quickly. We can’t help overlooking some of life’s beauty, caught up in our daily responsibilities, our goals and aspirations I know I’ll miss the sun shining brilliantly through the leaves of a tree some days or the majestic clouds that roll in just before a storm. So when I do notice the world’s beauty, I want to relish it, revel in it, just for a moment.
I find nature so inspiring. As Seattle warms up I crave outdoor adventures! I live in such a beautiful state for exploring and I plan to fully embrace adventure this Spring and Summer. Soaking up the beauty of the world and focusing on it really helps me to maintain a more optimistic attitude.
Do you love cherry blossoms as much as I do? How does nature inspire you?