Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
Sense of wonder…that seems so…spiritual and new-agey! Not really my thing. I prefer much more down to earth stuff
–But I agreed to do this project, write according to the prompt each day. (Though I am afraid over the holidays I may not be able to as I will be traveling and may not have internet. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try up until then, and then make that up when I get back.)–
When I think of a sense of wonder, I think of many things…in fact, I believe I live my life with a great sense of wonder…I get excited by so many things: bridges, weather, nature, cats, children…let me just list some specific examples that come to mind:
I love all the bridges around where I live (St. Louis). We have several large rivers and bridges and rivers go hand in hand. Whenever I drive over a bridge I get a sense of excitement, particularly crossing the Mississippi River! In my half marathon in October we ran over a bridge over the Missouri River. I found the view to be breathtaking! I have contemplated running a race in Quincy, Illinois this coming May purely because the race course goes on two bridges over the Mississippi River. I think that would be so wonderful.
–(That feels right: wonderful: sense of wonder. That’s really more my style, seems more down to earth and Hannah-like versus some sort of “deep”, new-age thought process.)–
Various moments from my most recent cruise:
Looking off the balcony of my stateroom on the Carnival Legend—looking at the ocean, and nothing but the ocean until it disappears over the horizon. Surrounded by nothing but water.
The beautiful color of the water in the Caribbean. So blue, so beautiful.
Mayan ruins of Xunantunich. The only Mayan ruins I’ve seen so far in my life. Unbelievable.
We get some wonderful thunderstorms here, particularly in the spring. One night the storm was particularly bad, accompanied by thunder and lightning and heavy rains and wind. The sirens were going off…we were trying to leave to go to a friend’s house for pie…so awesome! (We waited it out. I don’t have a death wish.)
I am often fascinated by my cat, and by other cats, especially when all the cats seem to act very similarly. Just like people, right? Remarkable! Plus cats are simply adorable. Why are they adorable? So that we will take care of them and feed them, right? Wow!
In my line of work I see many children each week. They are so full of curiosity and so eager to learn! Don’t get me wrong, they are not always eager to learn the violin, but they are always eager to learn SOMETHING. I am not a parent, but I would say that children are one of the biggest sources of a sense of wonder we adults can find. If for no other reason than they remind us that WE used to be a children and have that same unquenchable curiosity.
The point is that I cultivated a sense of wonder throughout all aspects of my life in 2010. I look forward to continuing in 2011…what new places will I visit? What new phenomena will I observe? What bridges will I run or drive over? (Will I continue to eschew more spiritual and new-age ideas? )