It was a splendid Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining brightly, softly caressing my skin with its gentle rays. The wind was humming gently into my ears and the clouds, dispersed though they were, formed random shapes lending the sky a life of its own. This was the perfect day for a usual Sunday trip with the family to the open valleys of my hometown. It was an occasion when everybody left all their worries back home and shared the whole day with the family happily. This get-together was the ideal way to relax and enjoy nature, in an effort to forget our daily tasks and relieve ourselves of all of our stress.
Ever since I was a little girl I bonded with nature as though we were made for each other. I related everything to nature, but what I liked so much about it was the fact that it reminded me of my dad. These two wonderful elements of life are unpredictable, a magnificent quality that entails the need to experience more of it in order to understand it. The luscious green landscapes filled with life and harmony, like my dads personality, remind you at one point that you can’t predict their next move. The role they play in life is an amalgamation of various diverse aspects – like the wind, an element of life whose character is unpredictable. One moment its course is gentle, yet irregular. And with the next, it gives us life and fills us with energy.
The sun, with its majestic rays giving light to everything around me, moved something within me. This was the most important quality it shared with my dad. Both of them played an essential role in keeping one big family together. Just like how the sun
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feeds the environment, giving the plants their beautiful color and their random shapes, keeping the organisms warm and making life more intriguing, my dad is the leader of the family and keeps it bonded. He enriches us with life, shares the knowledge that he has gained over the years with us and molds our personalities to make us intriguing organisms. In doing so, he ensures that we are prepared for our next move. He aids in the development of our mind and intelligence and he is our source of life.
My dad’s unpredictability can also be related to another element of nature – animals. Animals in the wild have disparate personalities. They are out there, living freely with nobody to observe and judge their actions. Yet, they live in accordance with Mother Nature and its unbreakable rules. Our family identifies with these creatures. Like them, we live cheerful and carefree. We move around as comfortable as animals in the wild. However, we are similar to them in our ability to abide by certain rules that dictate our personalities, our futures, our way of living and our destiny.
During the years that we spent out in the open – in the majestic, vibrant green landscapes, there was something else within me that grew dependent on nature. I felt that, the more time I spent with nature, the more I wanted to experiment, live and share with it. There was just something within me that grew attached to the wonders of nature. I grew to understand the purpose of life better, because, at that point my life revolved around the open valleys and the mountains surrounding it. My fascination grew bigger. I was inquisitive to learn more about the outdoors. It was just remarkable that in a blink of an eye, everything could change, and even after it did, it still had a purpose and meaning. Nothing went unseen; it all fell in line with the rules of Mother Nature. That’s how I try
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to live. I try to be at peace with my surroundings in an effort to have a meaningful life and to acquire all the knowledge there is out there, for me to gain, so as to live life to the fullest.
Nature has always been an important aspect of me. Various anecdotes and stories have helped me develop into who I am. But most importantly, I understand nature because of how much it resembles my father. Without these two elements of life, I would not have had a personality today. My life would be normal and monotonous. A conventional life is something very uninteresting due to the fact that almost everyone around the world leads life the same way – addicted to work and worried about social acceptance. However, I don’t live my life the conventional way. Thanks to nature, I have learnt to be spontaneous, free, relaxed, and most importantly, unpredictable; characteristics derived from the most intelligent element out there, which, when lived and used in the right way, will become the most important knowledge acquirable.