A few years ago, my friend told me a story about how she put a little note that included her phone number into a balloon and then released it into the air (which I believe is actually harmful the environment), never to be seen again. Apparently, she did end up getting a response back, which I found pretty interesting. I don't know what the stranger said or the real purpose of this peculiar experiment- but it did make me think about balloons.
I like balloons. Who doesn't? They're literally the definition of uplifting. You see them in big celebrations or momentous occasions and early in life, balloons become a symbol of happiness. I remember taking free balloons that were available in the grocery store and gripping them in all their vibrant glory until I accidentally let go and I looked up into the sky to watch this helium-filled rubber ball on a string float away into the sky, out of sight. This is an oddly bittersweet thing to see- a nice crisp outline of a colorful balloon against a blue sky, except it's slowly drifting away from you, only to pop high in the air, and fall back to Earth someplace near or far from where it was freed.
This reminds me of ambitious goals and dreams humans have. We grab onto the ones that appeal to us the most at a young age and hold it with us dearly because the only limit is the sky. But then, very quickly, we lose our focus on what we were previously so engrossed in, and other things become distracting. We let go of the goal, and it lifts away, away, away... but finally, it comes back down to where it was before. Maybe it's not alive and full of air anymore, but it's still there- and it's up to you to revive it. This is the only difference: you can't revive a balloon (that's just weird) but you can always come back to your dreams. It's never too late. And if it is, then you're just not thinking the right way.
Sometimes we lose track of our goals or why we even enjoyed something in the first place. This is why it can help to distance yourself from that specific thing for awhile. We tend to think if we leave something, we'll never see it again; while that is entirely possible, it's up to us to come back to it, especially when we realize that we actually do enjoy that thing. Don't give up, just take a break every so often! It'll help you when you remember what it's like to not have something with you all the time, and you'll appreciate it so much more.
Hello there! I hope you liked today's post- I know it was a short one! I'm trying to toy with different types of posts and their lengths, too.
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