I never once thought I might be the type to enjoy the process of nursing a wilting plant back to health, but now I find myself wishing I would’ve adopted this so-called hobby years ago.
One thing I should note is that I used to despise pests of any archetype. Need not discriminate, every single bug, mouse or any other creature was petrifying to me. Living in Hawaii the past four years has been been one of the biggest challenges of my life. Hold on. I know what you’re probably thinking. “Poor thing. Must be a tough life living in the sunshine year-round, not dealing with chaotic, relentless drivers on the interstate every morning, and living island-style.”
Don’t get me wrong, it is beyond beautiful; however, as a pest-fearing human this was an absolute mentally and emotionally daunting reality learning to courageously take on the island critters. If you’re brave, conduct a Google search of Hawaiian centipedes. I DARE you! If you cringe at the thought of a spider or cockroach, then I suggest your spare yourself of the potential nightmares to follow if you go searching for such traumatizing photos on the internet.
Anyways, my favorite plant, aloe vera, was not the one I would have anticipated to be my most-treasured plant. When I got her, she looked weak and ready to die. Initially, I doubtfully watered her every once in a while, not even knowing how to properly nurture an aloe vera plant. I actually had accepted that her inevitable death was more than likely upon her.
Little by little, week by week, she surprised me. I thought it was my subconscious mind playing tricks on me.
In reality, she was becoming a bit greener every day. The once brown, brittle edges of her leaves eventually faded and she was alive! This whole experience has not only made me appreciate plants and Earth’s life more than in the past, but has made me realize that, much like plants, we need to water our souls so we can heal ourselves from the inside-out. Neglecting our soul is potentially even more damaging to our health than not providing our bodies with adequate and sufficient nutrition and exercise.
Surround yourself with positive souls who will provide the nutrients or vibrations that you so desperately need to survive. Absorb positivity. Be present in your emotions and reason (without the need of justification) through them so you can soak in the lessons throughout your journey in life. Be on a constant search toward faith or spirituality that plants hope and grace in your mind, body and soul.
Soak it all in ♥