I’ve never always had a green thumb. I remember in middle school I was supposed to see how different light sources affected the growth of plants. I had everything setup; the same type of pots, the same type and number of seeds, the same amount of soil, and I watered the seeds with the same amount of water from the same source. Let’s just say the fact that I was creative saved me because the actual experiment yielded zero results. Nothing grew. Out of six pots that each had two seeds, not one grew. Even though I had nothing to present, my poster and written study gave me an A for that project.
Fast forward to today. I have about 20 or so plants growing in my apartment. I don’t know what it is about plants but, I love taking care of them. My dream house includes have a yard big enough to grow vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the back and flowers in the front. But, until then, I’m working with the small that I have in my barely 1000 sqft apartment.
Now, out of my 20 or so plants, there was a lily I bought 2 years ago. I kept the lily on my balcony and it flourished beautifully. As the hot months started to turn cold, the lily died. I wanted to try and save it so, I brought it inside and attempted to nurture it back to health. Throughout the 2 years I watched the lily sprout new plants but, it could never fully bloom to a flower.
Two months ago, it finally got to the point of no return and I picked through the soil to get the dead buds and threw them away. Since I didn’t feel like buying any soil and “gardening season” was turning into over so I would have to order some, I just put another plant my grandmother gave me in the same soil.
Actually, to be honest, I didn’t change the soil the lily came in the entire time I had it. I’m sure it would’ve grew much better if I changed the soil, but I just didn’t.
As I was watering my plants last week, I noticed a small little plant peeking through the soil. Guess what it was? The lily I thought that had completely died and I got rid of. Lol. That little plant is very persistent. It went through everything these past two years; from the blistering heat to the chilling cold, being brought inside, being overwatered, not watered enough, no change of soil, plucked out, and then sharing space with another plant. Somehow through all of that, this little lily still managed to grow. It just wouldn’t quit.
Out of the everything the plant has been through, one thing remained, the light. The light source may have changed and the light may have been diminished at times, but the light always remained. People are like plants, they grow towards the light. The light in your life is what helps you grow. No matter how you may feel or what you may be going through, there will always be a light in your life. Always look towards the light. The light in my life is my family, my friends, and the thought I know that I have yet to reach where I’m meant to be in life. What is your light? What gives you the hope to grow?
* Two other lessons can be learned from this plant:
- Even though your surroundings may not be ideal, you can still push through and grow to your potential.
- Even when you’re facing death, with just a little hope, you’ll push through to become who you’re supposed to be.