"It is not until you see the world through another's eyes, that you begin to appreciate how remarkable it is" - Me (not yet a famous quote but it will be, just wait)
To explain the random quote by self-proclaimed philosopher:
The last few weeks of the year have called upon a massive need to have numerous catch-ups with friends and loved ones before I head off into the big wide world. Also known as Dad's house. One of these needs was met a few days ago when two of my beautiful and closest friends came to stay. Since one of them lives a couple of hours away from my home town, we decided to show her some of the prettier attractions that make this place special, such as Nellie's Glen - a place 10 minutes away from my house.
While to most that live here, Nellie's Glen is already quite known amongst everyone and people visit everyday, I had only ever seen photos on my Instagram feed of wonderfully procured bikini pics and artful waterfall shots. So, my friends and I decided to go and have a picnic on a nice lil rock, taking in the scenery (plus the bugs and lizards) as we ate and talked.
Upon walking down the track that leads to the little watering hole, previously mentioned quote popped into my head. Over the three days that my friend was staying with us, she kept saying how beautiful and green our home was, and it occurred to me that yes– it actually was very beautiful and very green. I realised that in the long time that I've lived here, I've often overlooked everything that is special about the area, always longing to move away to bigger cities or visit other countries. Whilst I still want to do that, I have come across a new appreciation for my surroundings– sometimes I even look up from my phone for a quick glance at a tree ;)
In all seriousness though, sometimes, seeing the world through another's eyes can be quite enlightening. I encourage you to try it.