Friday, August 8, 2014

Step by step.

It's the little things in life.

Isn't it? That's what we hear all the time. It's what we say all the time. It's what we read on every social media platform. #ItsTheLittleThings on Instagram has more than 435,000 linked photos. From crisp, new day planners to a bundle of freshly picked sunflowers, run of the mill coffee in a special handmade mug to a budding homegrown basil plant; for a generation deemed unappreciative, we seem to appreciate almost everything

"Little things" don't have to be something tangible. For me, it's when Ryan and I walk through the grocery store and he touches the small of my back and guides me down an aisle. Even if it's for only a few seconds, that little thing makes me swoon, because it's his way of telling me he loves me. It also helps when he buys me frozen pizza, wine and cookie dough from said grocery store. It helps a lot.

It's true what our parents have always told us: life flashes before your eyes. Long days turn into short weeks, and those short weeks fly by and turn into years. We spend a lot of time thinking about the next step. In college, all we can think about is graduating and landing our dream job. In romantic relationships, we can't help but imagine what it would be like to move in with our significant other, even spend the rest of our life with them. It's only natural, and it's exciting. But I think if we spend too much time thinking about the next step, we forget to enjoy the journey to that step. It's something I work on every day.

So in a very large nutshell, yes, it really is the little things in life. Because the little things eventually become the big things, don't they? XO


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