Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
I first read this quote while studying geography as an undergrad. John Muir was the American naturalist largely responsible for the National Park system. The quote reminds us that everything is cyclical. This is something that plays a huge role in climatology and other natural sciences. I won’t get into all the geography nerd details, but it’s something I love to think about. How while I’m getting ready for bed, others are just starting their day. While it’s stormy and chilly here, it’s hot and sunny somewhere else. How one molecule of h2o I brushed off my eyelashes after duckdiving a wave earlier might one day wind up on the other side of the world, as a raindrop or in a glass of water. It reminds me that life, too, is cyclical. Some days are hard. They’re filled with worry or regret. On days like those, I think of the cheerful person on the other side of the world, waking up to a gorgeous Spring day. I remind myself that it’ll be my turn for sunshine soon, and I just need to hold out a little longer.
Last Autumn, when I was visiting my family in Texas, I walked to the end of my street to watch the sun set over the Laguna Madre. I heard a man say to his woman in a thick Texas drawl, “Well… There goes another day we lived on this Earth. Amazing.” I already wrote about this experience here, but this quote has inspired me to share my reaction to his statement again: “Simple words, almost cliché, but full of appreciation for life.Words we all need to hear at times. Words to live by. This spot had seen billions of sunsets before us, and will see billions of sunsets after. This is our time. Viva.”