Lessons learned from snow & blossoms

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Oh, snow. It’s pretty at first, but then it turns grey and slushy, getting into your shoes and freezing your toes. Then there’s the winter wind that makes your nose turn red and your eyes start to water.

In Japan, the cherry blossoms came to mark the beginning of spring. The air is warm with the smell of flowers and grass, and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than to stroll under the trees, with the sound of a river trickling alongside you, and delicate petals falling in the gentle breeze.

Both snow and the cherry blossoms are very different. One marks winter, the bitter cold that causes things to die or hide away, and the other spring, the season of birth and life.

They are both painful and beautiful in their own way. They both mark the passing of time; a season starts, a season ends. A new year becomes an old year.

The Japanese people have a tradition of having a picnic under the trees because the blossoms only last a few days, before all of the petals have fallen and the trees are bare again.

On the other hand, I know from experience that there aren’t many things that feel better than jumping into a pile of brand new snow, soft and freshly laid, ready for you build a snowman from, or make snowballs to throw at your friends.

How often can we enjoy nature’s beauty like this?

We need to learn how to appreciate each and every moment in the same way. In spring, summer, autumn or winter. Even if it is pouring down outside, or snowing, or sunny and clear, whatever the weather. Doesn’t it make you feel more alive?

Time passes. This is the truth that a lot of people don’t like to think about. They deny it, and avoid talking about it, but ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Is it really morbid? Or, does it, on the contrary, cause you to make more of the moment? You enjoy life more, because you know that you will only get a few chances to do so. Living in denial will only mean wasting it. 

So go, my dear, play in the snow, bask in the sunshine, run in the rain. Be bold, be brave, be strong, and live.

 

  • Merry

    Love this post. I needed to read it. :) Thanks. -Merry

    • http://www.minimalstudent.com/ Jessica Dang | Minimal Student

      Thanks Merry :)

  • Peter Iacovou

    You make me love Japan more and more with every post you devote to it, I think I’m finally visiting it this year, thanks for the inspiration Jessica :)

    • http://www.minimalstudent.com/ Jessica Dang | Minimal Student

      Thanks Peter, I’m so glad I can share my love for Japan, I hope you have a wonderful time!

  • Lena

    Hi Jessica, I hope you’re doing very well. I have discovered your blog this week and I’m happy to see all the things you share with us.
    I would like to ask you something…I’d love to try minimal lifestyle, I think I’ve tried it before, however, it didn’t work, not even a little. I find it very difficult to be frugal (specially with food) because I’m an anxious person. Look, Jessica, I have all the ideas in my head and soul, but I just don’t know how to make them real. I hope it doesn’t bother you to read this. Thank you for your time, and by the way, congrats for your brilliant lifestyle.

    Lena.