WAKE THE F*** UP!!!

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This is what I’ve been wanting to yell at my students for a while now. These kids seriously have no sense of wonder left in them. I get to class and show them how quantum physics has shown that particles behave differently when they’re observed, and that there’s a tribe in Namibia that sees blue and green as the same color simply because they have the same word for both colors, or really interesting shit that should make their minds blow into a thousand scattered pieces bursting with wonder for the mysteries of the universe. Instead I get blank stares. blank stares. It makes me wanna cry the Nile, flood the school, and take us to chill with Alice in Wonderland just to see if that would get a little reaction from them. But it also makes me realize something. We’ve lost our sense of wonder. We are so constantly flooded with information and images and crap that we are rarely surprised anymore. As travel bloggers, I feel like this happens very often as well. We appreciate beauty when it comes in the form of an incredible landscape, when we’re far away, living adventures that take us away from our everyday routine. When we’re home, we constantly think of those moments, those adventures, that feeling of magic that we experience when we breathe a different air, and see different things. But this isn’t right. This isn’t honoring the pledge to live our lives to the fullest, and it has got to change. So even if I wanna slap these kids a little sometimes (don’t worry, I’m kidding….sorta), they’ve also made me realize how much I don’t wanna be in autopilot. This is our life, dammit! Lets squeeze the magic rainbow out of it! Let’s notice the clouds every single day, let’s concentrate on feeling the wind in our faces when we walk to work, let’s try to guess who the people riding on the bus with us are, and what their darkest secret is. Let’s please wake the fuck up and start feeling ecstatic wonder in everything! Also, let’s start teaching kids to have it, let’s not let them lose it. Let’s make it the highest purpose of our lives to not allow these kids to lose the indescribable feeling of wanting to burst into a supernova because your body is too small to take the incredible beauty of our existence.   But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take our breath away.” -Alan Moore, Watchmen

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7 thoughts on “WAKE THE F*** UP!!!

  1. Love this so much… As Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

    You should get on bloglovin!

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