I don’t own a succulent.
I do own a succulent.
Not the same prosaic ring to it, to be sure. But let’s go with it. Hopefully I won’t be such a dreadful disappointment in the next paragraph.
I bought this succulent at an urban gardening store about a mile away from our apartment. And let me tell you, it is a CUTE little guy. I would even go so far as to call it a darling. You don’t have to take my word for it– just ask any one of the people who passed me on the sidewalk as I walked home. I was cupping the tiny thing in my outstretched hands in front of me, like I had found a treasure. One young lady actually stopped me: “HOLD UP!” she said, “That is the cutest succulent I have EVER seen.” And, gaging from her hip and trendy appearance, she had seen a lot of succulents. Another woman, walking her dog, just gave me this endearing, almost heartsick half-smile as she walked past my new green friend. I would have expected a similar smile if I were holding a sick baby bunny and an eyedropper full of milk instead of a new houseplant.
The fun thing about this fairly recent Succulent Trend is that, on its heels, we have the Geometric Décor Trend (which was probably birthed from the Chevron Trend). The coupling of the Succulent Trend and the Geometric Trend has brought us the queen of hip house décor: succulents in a geometric, glass terrarium. I mean, come ON! Those things are, without a doubt, cool.
They’re cool for good reason, I might add. They seem to bring a bit of peace to the entire room. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that the plants’ entire lives are contained in geometric perfection, and we can see the whole picture. You can look in through the glass and see their entire world, where they begin and where they end. There’s no question, no uncertainty to speak of. The little darlings are content, living organisms, fed by water and natural processes driven by the sun. Even if their succulent brains were to freak out, and think that they were about to crash to the ground, or dry up, or be eaten by a cat, we can look in from the outside and see that they are all doing just fine. And for some reason, that is a peaceful thing to do.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes, life gets me anxious. Usually it’s when something is going “wrong,” or when reality doesn’t line up with my expectations. There are also times that I even get anxious when things are going well. I get this twisted idea that it can’t be great for too long; the bubble has to burst! And it gets even worse when I overthink everything. The weight of it all can feel like too much.
When I get like this, I usually just need to take a mental step back, but that’s hard to do when your head is going a million miles a minute. I’m really thankful for Nick’s presence at these times, because he usually has a little bit of a better perspective than I do, simply because he isn’t me. He can’t see the whole picture, of course, but he can see enough to look at me and say: peace, darling. You’re doing just fine.
So, that’s what I’ve called this little picture. I was going to call it, “Hey! Lighten up!” but that didn’t have the same calming effect to it, for some reason. But both titles have the same message: when we are panicking, or despairing in uncertainty, they ask us to breathe and take a step back. Because if we could just gain some perspective, we might be able to look through the glass and see that actually, we are doing just fine.
“Peace, darling” is a 6” x 6” pen & watercolor. Click here to view it in my Etsy shop.