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    Brightness. The dreams of the previous night slip through my fingers as I am rushed back into reality. The sun has broken through my shades, illuminating my room in a fiery explosion. I quickly get thrown into the busyness of Summer. I am forced to hurry through my morning routine to make a baseball game that I will inevitably be late to at this pace. As I am about to leave my mom reminds me to take out my dog, which I grumpily agree to, despite being late. I try to hurry my Yorkshire Terrier, George, along as I become more and more impatient. And suddenly, the brakes of time are slammed and everything seems to slow as I read the message saying that the game has been canceled. At the sight of this news I give a little chuckle and sit down on the heat soaked concrete step. Now, free of the chaos, I bathe myself in the glorious summer day. Surrounded by nothing but pollinated tiger lilies and freshly mown grass, I lay on my back and relax. George comes waddling back and lays his head parallel to mine. Minutes pass and now he has curled up on my stomach as I stare at the beautiful sky. As I bask in the refreshing Summer breeze, I hear the buzzing of one of my favorite creature’s approaching. I lazily turn my head to follow this extra fluffy bumblebee roam the skies above. I sat there amazed for God knows how long, before he proceeded to lower his altitude towards me and my dog. This adorable little bee approaches George and gently comes to a rest on his head. It was quite possibly the most adorable image I could ever imagine. So I reached out to my spirit animal and to my surprise, it showed no interest in fleeing from a gigantic hand. I proceeded to get closer to it until it allowed me to pet him. Since I was young I always wanted to know what they felt like, and on that day, I was granted that wish. An experience as grand as this taught showed me how intertwined I was with even such simple things as bees and grass. The whole cycle of life seemed to be pieced together right in front of me. The plant, the bug, and the almighty human all connected so closely that I just sat there just taking in this wonderful experience. Everything on this Earth is constantly working to better our planet. But as humans, we often get caught up in what we want instead of what we need. We need to learn to be more humble and graciously accept what we have and not what we think we deserve. On most days, I would have looked right past this experience. But I decided to love what I have, and in return I gained one of the most genuine engagement I will ever be a part of. It was one of the only times that I could only describe as “woah”. These “wow” moments can happen anywhere. They don’t have to be on an expensive beach getaway, but can instead happen in your own front yard while carrying out your daily routines.
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