The things you learn from a human being that stands proudly in his 16th month alive on this planet is that life is, quite simply, a gift. That this is as straightforward as it gets. It is about the next few minutes, every next few minutes. It is happiness. It is promise. It is delight. It is unconditional.
The things you learn about families from the way other people’s family’s work is that the day-to-day functioning moulds emotion and dips its toe in admiration while it becomes something almost tangible when you see it enlivened from the inside out.
The things you learn from watching people in love is that not everything has to be black or white. That love is real when it exists in the light and the dark and that glitter can still shine between us when we are different. A difference of preference and a difference of opinion only asks for one thing: to be heard in the simple difference of understanding.
Round and round we go in natural, undeliberate circles of light and dark, love and ambivalence, ignorance and the smile. The things you learn about being alive come from people who are alive. Who see and experience rather than look and witness.
The things you learn in the light of contagious finesse and a default setting of optimism is to bask therein. Soak it up. Listen more. Feel full. Try sampling the next few minutes, every next few minutes. Try sampling happiness and prodding your senses from the inside out. See that glitter can still shine between us when we are different.
The meander is exactly where you though you wanted to be.
© Dylan Balkind