A Surprising Thought During a Floral Workshop
Recently, I attended a floral workshop as part of a good friend’s hen’s party. Such classes aren’t that cheap, so in a way I was glad to finally have an ‘excuse’ to go for one without feeling guilty 😉 (P.s. I understand why they’re charged at those rates, premium flowers don’t come cheap. But it’s still quite a bit to spend for only a few hours!)
As we sipped on our champagne and listened to the florist share about her philosophies, she said something which made me think: “Flowers are the most beautiful when they’re just about to die”. Perhaps I’m getting a bit obsessed, but my thoughts drifted toward those of us who live with chronic illnesses.
The Fast Track Spoonie Life
The next bit might sound a tad morbid, but I find comfort in it. The fact is, everyone is going to die some day, but as spoonies we’re kind of dying at a faster rate. All those drugs and treatments we undergo can be just as toxic as our illnesses themselves. Our bodies are beating themselves up, causing grievous self harm without good reason. It’d only make sense that such unhealthy patterns would shorten our lifespan! Although I must add, life can be quite the joker and we might just outlive everyone else 😉
We’re in Full Bloom. Bold, Chaotic and Life at Its Best.
This made me think, does this mean that we’re already forced to be at the blooming stage? That life has huffed and puffed into our tight middles, and ruffled our petals to instigate growth? (This was actually a trick I learned from the florist, to encourage flowers to open up faster!) We’re definitely no fresh buds, but in full bloom. We’re a fierce and chaotic burst of colour. While pain is never pleasant or desired, it provokes expansion within our minds. No one walks away without learning a little life lesson or two.
Just like flowers that have been cut, we can continue to be on best display with the proper nutrition, care and environment. We may or may not be on the faster track towards death, but since we’re already in full bloom, we might as well brighten the lives of those around us. Yes, we’re still in pain, but we do have the power to transform that into something beautiful. We might as well use our current state to inspire life within those who are hurting around us.
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