“You would not believe your eyes If ten million fireflies Lit up the world as I fell asleep ‘Cause they’d fill the open air And leave teardrops everywhere You’d think me rude But I would just stand and stare”Owl City
When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do during the summer was to catch lightning bugs. I remember getting so excited when I’d see them start showing up, and I’d run outside to go catch them. I loved seeing them light up the night. I honestly found everything they did to be so fascinating.
I was recently reminded of my love for catching lightning bugs when I went to visit family in Blue Ridge. We stayed the night and slept out on the porch area that was full of windows. As I lay there looking out the windows I felt I could finally relate to Owl City’s song ‘Fireflies.’ It felt like there were ten million or more flying around and lighting up the night sky. It was like watching a light show that I never wanted to end. It was such a beautiful sight, and I tried to keep my eyes open as long as possible to soak it all in. As I sat there viewing it I got tears in my eyes. Partly because of how delightful the scene was in front of me, but also it reminded me to appreciate the simpler things in life.
Sometimes we get so caught up in everything happening. All the wants, what if’s, to do’s, and more. We don’t take time to stop and catch the lightning bugs. We don’t always stop to just appreciate the small things that happen in life. When really at least in my life they’re the things that normally bring me the most joy.
As I sat there watching I didn’t need a tv, social media, or anything else. I just needed what was in front of me. I’m not going to lie I did attempt to take a picture to try to remember the sight before me. After finding that my phone couldn’t capture what my eyes were seeing I put my phone away. I just lived in the moment.
It was a good reminder, and something that I need to do better about. Living in the moment seems like something that should be easy, but sometimes it’s so hard. I often find myself thinking about what’s next and everything I need to do. I don’t always take time for the now. Since that night I’ve been trying to do better. Do I fail? Absolutely! More than I’d like to admit. It’s something I feel takes practice though.
So in case you’re like me, and find yourself always getting caught up in the swiftness of life. I wanted to remind you to stop and catch the fireflies. Look for your simpleness. Enjoy the moment. Whether that’s watching lightning bugs, looking at the stars, finding shapes in the clouds, meditating, or something else. Just start to take moments for those little things. Think back to when you were a kid, and how much joy those small things brought you. Bring that part of yourself back. I know I don’t appreciate it enough myself, but that one night brought me so much peace and joy.
I wish I could have taken a picture that night that captured the beauty so that you could all see. Unfortunately as I said it didn’t work out. That just means that now you’ll have to go watch them yourselves. I did get a picture of the still gorgeous view during the daylight though as you can see above.
I just wanted to take the time to remind myself and all of you that sometimes it’s good to slow down. It’s good to not always live behind a screen. So I hope that maybe something about this post encourages you to go enjoy something you truly love. I hope you find yourself taking time to just enjoy the moment you’re in. It’s the start of a weekend so maybe spend this weekend soaking it all in.
Thanks so much for reading this week’s post. This is something that’s been on my heart recently, and it’s something I’m trying to improve in my own life. I wanted to share with you in hopes to encourage you. I also hoped that in sharing this I’d feel more motivated to apply this to my life more often. So I hope you can find your “catching the fireflies moment,” and that I can improve at enjoying mine more often. Also if you ever get the chance to go out to the middle of nowhere where there is no lights to watch lightning bugs I highly recommend it. It’s such a fascinating sight that will leave you enthralled.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and that you all have a great weekend! If you have any stories about your favorite simple moments, a lightning bug story, or an idea for a posts you’d like to see you can comment below. Thanks for reading. See you next time!