The Sun and Her Flowers, Rupi Kaur
This summer I’ve spent so much time in the garden with hands deep in soil, breathing in the fresh earthy smell. At first, I was refreshed by the peaceful feeling of being surrounded by a different type of life than the one we’re so used to living. But after weeks and months tending to plants, cultivating the slow, steady growth of new life, I started to realize that life in all its forms isn’t so different after all. “People too must wilt/fall/root/rise/in order to bloom,” Kaur writes. The seasons of life bring with it all the stages a plant might experience – though maybe not in that same order. But even more than peace in difference, there’s calm in the cycle, and the knowledge that each moment contributes to our growth. What does it feel like to wilt and to fall? How do you grow your own roots? What does it feel like to rise and to bloom?
Brianna Curran, Washington, DC