While I was in Colorado Springs I got to spend a lot of my time with the coolest little dude I know - my 3 year old nephew, Bradley. One of the first things we did on my trip was make our way to Garden of the Gods to do a little sightseeing. While we were wandering around I stopped to watch and see how my nephew was interacting with this incredible place. His little eyes looked around with such awe - as if everything he was looking at was glowing and drenched in glitter. All he wanted to do was run around and explore as much as he could. It amazes me how kids see the world at this age - Everything is so beautiful and new to them.
I made my way to a spot overlooking the mountains, I took a seat and I stopped to really think about this - why do we let ourselves lose the amazing ability to see the world like we used to when we were their age? The truth is, as we grow older we start to take the world for granted. Most of us are so caught up on our “busy and chaotic” lives that we don’t stop to take a deep breath, look around and appreciate the fact that we’re even alive and surrounded with so much beauty. Just imagine how amazing this place would be if we all viewed it through the eyes and imagination of a 3 year old - how incredible would this place look through your eyes?
I’ll admit it, up until about a year ago my eyes were covered with blinds. I only let in the light that I wanted to let in and everything else was blocked off with no way for me to really see the full, amazing picture of life. It was on my amazing trip to Hawaii (which I’ll post more about later) that something came over me…
I opened my eyes.
As I was laying on the beach, in the middle of the ocean looking up at the stars one night, I realized that I’m here and alive for a reason and if I didn’t start appreciating this experience it was going to pass me by. I feel like so many people don’t understand this concept until very late in their lives… or in some cases, never.
This is a topic that I think I will post about quite often in an attempt to open up your beautiful eyes.