I’m going to share an insight that I’ve got from something that I love to do every day.
So, I’ve been into this gardening thing since last year. However, during these pandemic times, I’ve been even more into it. I started with some veggies and currently, I am on my third tomatoes round.
In addition, even when I can say I am proud of my progress and my accomplishments in this field, I could say that it is not easy in any aspect.
Through this, I ‘ve discovered that patience has a big role when you are taking care of a plant, since the moment you chose to plant the seeds through the germination and all of those processes, you need to take care of them.
You have to make sure to water them properly; not too little or too much. Sometimes, it can be a little exhausting and you can fail (I’ve been there, a lot), but when you start to see the first veggies grow, it is one of the best feelings in the world, at least it is for me—a crazy plant lady.
I know this can be a little random but the other day while I was scrolling on the internet, I saw this picture of some plants with a caption that said plants are similar to a human being, only they have more complex emotions.
As plants do, we need a variety of conditions to grow; we need to eat food, drink some water, get some sleep, give and be loved, be patient, and many others.
And as I think about it, I started to understand a lot more deep and complex things about this growing aspect within a human.
For example, the fact that when someone needs food, maybe what they meant is not literally a food, because they can mean it as something which feeds their soul, nourishes their minds, and fills their hearts with peace or love.
Nowadays, with the presence of social media, it is very easy to get a lot of information really fast, and while this is a great thing for certain topics, it can be overwhelming sometimes. Especially for someone like me that usually overthinks everything and with all that is going on in the world, it can be too much.
That’s why, just like the plants, we need to learn how to choose what we put into ourselves as well. Another thing and something that took me a while to understand; is to be patient and to love myself more.
Just like the plants, I need to acknowledge what my body and mind really need. Probably this is one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve had in the last years.
By taking the analogy about the growth in a plant, I came to understand that I can make mistakes and learn from them for the future, to not think too much about the things I can’t control like the past.
That it is okay to be me, to take things slow, and to realize that every day is another opportunity to learn and grow. And just like the plants which grow patiently, maybe we don’t have to know all the answers in everything at once.
My plants are not growing altogether and so do us; growing is different for every plant and for everyone and please know that growing and self-love go hand in hand.
This can be a little hard and is a lifelong journey that we have to do ourselves without forgetting the people that are there for us. Those who help us grow, as we do with our plants, are the ones who support us in the good and bad days and accompany us in this life journey.
I know I’m not the best writer but I really hope this can be useful to whoever gets to read this and let you know that we all are on this growing journey together.
My best wishes to you. You got this.
About the Author:
I’m 28 years old, from Costa Rica. I love science, cooking and nature photography. As you may know by now I love plants of any kind and I enjoy collecting flowers photographs. Reach Noemy through her Instagram: