What is your nature? Decent, good and one of a kind? What is my nature? I would say that generous, timid and sensitive. Mother Nature is all those things and more, because Mother Nature is all encompassing and omnipresent.  Mother Nature is never stagnant. She is always changing. Does this fundamental truth also suggest that our human nature also changes as we go through different phases in life? I am not sure.

What I am sure of is that, collectively speaking, human nature is good. We all have this innate desire to help each other grow and prosper. That being said, we also have a tendency to judge, to stereotype, to be jealous of and to even exclude those that we consider different, foreign and unconventionally normal, whether or not we are brave enough to admit it.

In recent years, I have heard this particular adage countless times. If you can dream it, you can achieve it, because you are in control of your own life. Really? Although I don’t want to underestimate the human optimism embedded in our nature; as uplifting and self-empowering as this claim can be; however, I do, at times, question its feasibility.  Like Mother Nature, life is unpredictable. Just like Mother Nature, life is not always under our control. As seasons change, we may be presented with unforeseen challenges, which have potential to turn our life path into resembling a bumpy roller-coaster ride. As much as we like to get our life mapped out, we all know that, a lot of times, many events in life unfold and blossom on their own terms.

Harry Potter authoress J.K. Rowling once said in her commencement speech, delivered to the Harvard graduates of 2008, ” talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates. Your acquisition, your CV is not your life. Life is difficult, complicated and beyond anyone’s total control, and the humility to know that will enable you to survive its vicissitudes.”

Just like us, nature is beautiful. Just like us, nature is nurturing. Just like us, nature is serene. And, just like us, nature is moody. Mother Nature is a reflection of us and we are a reflection of Mother Nature; a delicate co-dependency that exists in a mysterious intricacy.

Published by Robbie's Blog

I am a third-culture person who's navigating his way around Hong Kong and beyond. Come join me on this rollercoaster ride.

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