I truly enjoy earth day even though it might not be a holiday that stands out to all. It could be missed by many throughout their lives, but when you take the time it allows you to be grateful. This day gives you an excuse to take a pause and really think about what the earth has done for all of us. Everything we have comes from the earth. It fuels our bodies, our minds, and our lives in too many ways to count. Today I am taking time to process what the earth has done for me this year. I've experienced so many breathtaking parts of it. I'm lucky enough to see many stunning views as I travel throughout the year. From the twisting trails in Vermont to the high mountains surrounding Leadville. From dirt trails under my feet to the fresh snow under my skis. Since the last earth day, I've gained so many more glimpses of nature at its core. The kind of nature where I am a guest, lucky for even a short stay. The views it gave me stand out the most, but I also think about how the food that nourished me on my journey to these places was grown from the earth. The air I breathed on my trips, the water I drank, the ground I walked to get there, and so much more was all provided by the earth.
Soon thinking about my year spirals into thinking about the sheer magnitude of what the earth does for all of us. I feel guilty for not giving it the full appreciation it deserves for everything that it has given me. I think this is the beauty of earth day. When given even a moment of time for reflection on the world around you you're able to realize all the parts of your life influenced by it. It might even make you think that for all the earth gives you maybe you should give back a little.
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