Closest to My Heart
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- From 'The Wild Geese' by Mary Oliver
These are the closing lines from my favorite poem, ‘The Wild Geese’. To me, they signify that the world is in perfect order. There is inherent harmony in everything, and even amidst the hardships and challenges this is how it should be. We are meant to feel connected to the world, fostering a sense of belonging and utilizing our imagination throughout life. Nature graciously offers itself to us, inviting us over and over.
By intertwining my emotions and wisdom, I have forged a connection between science and art, harmonizing nature with contemplation, and rediscovering what grounds me to nature. Water continues to anchor my creativity, reminding me how to find solace and connection along a gently flowing river.
If you yearn for a creative outlet alongside your studies, do yourself a favor and explore those unexpected avenues. You never know what might inspire you.