The Joys of Plants
Don't ever let the soul wander from nature, as that is the only place you can go to truly find solace. The photosynthesis process aids our lives as a whole. Let us take care of this planet in order to preserve it forever and ever in the years to come. -Jetta
It has been a long while since I have done a post about plants. While it seems like the sound of music types through my fingers sometimes, it is often and maybe associated with my passion. Ever since I was a young child I have held these random passions. From flying to even gardening, I seem to get myself into interesting hobbies. Plants and gardening have really captured my soul due to the fact that they connect to the earth. Being able to understand that connection of impossible means is amazing.
One of the thousands of questions I get asked is "why do you garden?" That question is an impossible question to answer due to its vast coverage of reasons. However, one thing that I can say is that it's that connection to the earth. Being able to feel the dirt, pick up the earthworms, and even watch a seed sprout is enough to get the mind turning. I have been able to find so much solace being outside in the garden due to the amazing opportunities it brings. I remember sprouting my first seed, and the wonderful sensation I felt. Taking care of something so small that turns into something so big is nothing but the miracle of God's very own hands. Gardening is a lot of work, but it is medicine for the soul and well worth it.
Explaining the cause and effect of what makes a seed sprout and grow without getting scientific is completely possible. Maybe I couldn't explain is quite that well, but I do know that gardening is such a beautiful thing. Gardening is something that I tie into the concept of joy. Every moment is nothing but a reward. For example, when I go outside I just feel so happy. Being able to start a seed and get a product from it is so amazing in itself. In life, I have determined that the smallest things are the most important. I truly do love and understand every aspect of the small moments. The smallest things add up to curate the bigger picture. I love to think of life as this gigantic puzzle so to speak. Once you loose that focus on the smaller things, it is super easy to completely forget how to put the puzzle together. Those details make life the best. Wouldn't it be boring if life was just full of perfection? Yes! If I have to be honest, gardening has been something that has taught me that concept.
Beginnings never have an end and an end never has a beginning. Isn't that true when it comes to gardening? What do I mean by this exactly? Well, look at the seed, the plant, and the product. There is simply never an end, as it is purely a cycle that goes round and round and back again. The seed is the start and the product is the end... or is it? Gardening has gotten me to comprehend that every aspect of life is just a cycle. There is life before and after death. How amazing is that? I certainly do find it amazing in every way possible.
"Being able to take care of plants is such a rewarding experience that will stay for years to come. The ability to learn and grow from these precious experiences connects me deeper to nature. The connection to nature comes with time, patience, and effort. Gardening is my hobby that has allowed me to stay connected with nature."
A lot of people really do think that gardening is only for commercial farmers. However, that is strictly not the case. Many people use their backyards as their gardening oasis, in which I am one of those individuals. Ever since I was a young one, I have always felt so different about my connection with the earth. Within the past few years I have really been able to dig deeper and understand that gardening is a true passion of mine. Plants have literally 'grown' on me so to speak. I love watching the process of planting all the way to the end product.
As a gardener I have a garden both outside and inside. I love my houseplants because they encourage me to live each day truly connected to the earth. I really do think that is so important. Without that connection and well-being with nature I am not sure where I would be at this point. Every morning I get up and check on my little plant creatures. I love each one of them as if they were an actual pet. This is so important because I have come to the realization that even the smallest things make this world a better place. From the bamboo on my night stand, to the monsterra on my dresser, and even the succulents that sit on my window, I have really bonded with these living plantae. Not a day goes by that I do not appreciate my plants.
Every moment of life is surely worth living no matter what. Gardening has shown me more of who I really am. Being able to finally find out who I am from something as simple as planting plants has shown me a lot. For one thing, I figured out that I can be self sustainable. I am a huge advocate for growing as much food as possible whenever and wherever possible. Every aspect of gardening ties back to the gardener's intentions. Growing plants really needs hard work and dedication for sure. On one hand, it is easy to get caught up with the whole grocery store thing, and I have had to resort to that in my college dorm life. However, grow food whenever and wherever practical. Your health should be your top priority. I can really see an improvement in my health whenever I consume home grown foods.
No one needs a green thumb in order to succeed at gardening. All there needs to be is faith, determination, and effort. All three of those things leads to greatness in the garden. Plants are meant to bring pure happiness and joy, which really does help the soul. Each breath we take is thanks to the plants and the organisms with photosynthetic properties. We have the oxygen, water, and carbon cycles because of plants. Not many people realize it, but plants also impact the food chain at a very heavy degree. It is ever so important to realize how these organisms influence our lives as a whole.
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My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.