The World’s Beauty Becomes Enough

A beautiful sunrise (Moultonborough, NH)

“At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens — that letting go — you let go because you can.” — Toni Morrison, Tar Baby 1981

I recently read this quote in John Green’s book, The Anthropocene. He quoted it in a chapter where he was talking about the beauty of sunsets. For some reason, this quote really made me stop and think in a way that I haven’t stopped and thought in a while. Maybe it’s because this quote is such a f**k you to basically all social media that currently exists.

I don’t know if I’m in that place yet where I can “let go because [I] can”. I still like to take a good picture of a beautiful landscape for myself. Sometimes I share it because I’m in the mood. However, I don’t necessarily feel like I need to share every beautiful thing. I also don’t feel the need to seek out beauty in the world, I think it exists everywhere. You will not find me trekking to the ends of cliffs to get the perfect picture.

There have been some moments in the past year where I don’t think a picture, painting or words could do what I saw justice. The things I saw were just so incredibly beautiful that the only thing I could accept was the feeling of gratefulness for being able to experience the beauty of the earth in that serendipitous moment.

I also feel like the world’s beauty extends to our inner selves and how we view each other and our own bodies. Recently, I’ve reached the point where I have accepted myself and my body. I no longer feel like I need to judge my body in certain circumstances. I am what I am and that’s kind of it. It’s a weirdly freeing feeling to let go of that criticism or even praise of how I’m feeling about myself.

This is yet another article where I don’t fully know where I’m trying to go with my thoughts. Part of me thinks that embodying this quote is the most perfect representation of being present in any given moment. The quote itself elicits a feeling of bliss. It’s also a good reminder that overthinking is generally not worth it and that we are all a part of the world’s beauty. We are all existing in this one beautiful moment.

Yikes I didn’t mean for this to become a dramatic read, but I guess that’s what happened. Anyways, thanks for reading my jumble of thoughts inspired by this beautiful quote.

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