I recently got back from a small trip to Tampa. Long story short: I am remote learning this fall but will be back and forth this semester since I am choreographing for our fall show. I took the train back home and it was a new experience for me having to wear my mask at all times... I felt like everyday I am constantly adjusting to this new normal. I think it hit me again what we have been going through these past five months or so and I realized how much of life I took for granted before this pandemic hit us and how it separated me from a lot of places and people I love.
This train was probably the most important train ride I have taken because it made me realize that I need to cherish the little things in life... even a moving train. You might be asking yourself, why a moving train ?? Keep reading.
I have the cutest little cousin who will be turning two next week. I have loved watching her grow up this far... she is so bright, pretty, and curious. She loves trains and tractors... anything that moves! From videos I have seen of her, I am always in awe of her curiosity, excitement, and eagerness to learn more. I see videos of her waving at the trains as they pass by. I then remember when I was around that age i would wave at the trains and count how many cars it was pulling behind it before it came to an end. It was something I used to look forward to as a child. Now that I am grown, I dread the train because it usually keeps me back from rushing to my destination in my ‘busy’ life. As we mature, we have lost that excitement; that time to stop and smell the roses.
Flash forward to my train ride back home... I sat by the window and watched grown people wave at my train as it passed by. It brought such joy to their faces and honestly made me tear up. When was the last time I waved at a train? I can hardly remember. The entire ride back home I couldn’t stop thinking about the last time I truly appreciated the smaller things in life that bring even the smallest bit of joy or tiniest crack of a smile. A simple pause to wave at the train just gives you a minute of peace and a minute of time to think and reflect about the little things in life that make up the bigger things.
I am overwhelmingly busy this semester with dance, academics, and work... so I think this train ride was a little sign and reminder for me stop, pause, and think about where I am in life right now. A sign to think about the moment I am in when I stop. A sign to let me identify one little thing that seems to be taken for granted now, and let me be grateful for it. It is those micro things that help to make the macro things a bit more worthwhile!