Sometimes I will arrive at the office in the morning and realize that I barely remember the long drive that got me there. Sometimes I will walk along a familiar route and come across a feature for the very first time and think, “How come I’ve never noticed this before?”
I think we’re probably all a little (or really) guilty of moving through life with the blinders on, focusing so intently on the task at hand that we miss all of the amazing things that are going on around us. No wonder we all feel so adrift and disconnected in a world that has never been more connected. For all of its stress and bad news, the world is a pretty amazing place and life is a truly beautiful thing.
I found this list today on Tumblr (why, yes, I do have a Tumblr. It’s an informal place full of geekery and whimsy; fairly nonsensical but you are welcome to follow if you wish) and after a bit of Googling I discovered that it’s actually from a book/interactive journal of the same name (written by Keri Smith). Check out the description:
Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists. The mission Smith proposes? To document and observe the world around you. As if you’ve never seen it before.
Doesn’t that sound awesome?
I won’t lie – reading the list made me realize just how out of touch I’ve become (which is a little sad considering the fact that I’ve always fancied myself a bit of a world explorer). But it also helped to inspire me to change that (acceptance is the first step to recovery). I’m going to take this list to heart and try to rediscover the world around me – and I challenge each and every person reading this to do the same. What do you think you will find?