By Abby and Elle
Remember how exciting it was the first time you rode in an airplane, kissed your boyfriend or stayed up all night just to watch the sun rise? That feeling of awe, like an emotional orgasm, feeds your heart and soul, and cements the memory.
As we get older and run out of “first times,” that feeling of awe gets harder and harder to achieve. But that doesn’t mean we should abandon the feeling; we just have to be more observant of and ready to appreciate those things around us that can inspire awe.
For instance, at a recent fashion show held in an old bank building, we took several minutes to admire the intricately detailed ceilings and stone architecture. The chandeliers sparkled fiercely, so we were sure to snap some photos with them in the background.
Of course, we arrived at the show already in an observant mindset, eager to be wowed by extraordinary design, texture and color combinations, and the venue just added to our feeling of awe.
So we spent the evening admiring things beautiful and pleasing to the eye.
And we left with a sense of joy and fulfillment, even though we were merely guests. You could say that our most active participation was clapping for the models and the designers, but we would beg to differ. We were actively engaged in opening our hearts and minds to seeing things as though for the first time. We were actively engaged in feeling awestruck, and it was wonderful!
May this holiday season and every day thereafter bring you a sense of wonder and awe.