This time of the year is always an exciting one for Minnesotans; whether you enjoy your time in the pool, the grassy fields, the backdoor forests, or 5-hour traffic jams, there’s always a little something that any person can gravitate their interest and dopamine towards. However, if you’ve ever had to look at the sky this summer (and I’m sure you have, because your brain requires a double-take on the gas prices), you’ll notice a rather weird, yet ominous presence that looms in the air. You’ve been reading all the warning signs, and the fruit is being barred over the sky’s garden - it’s the end of the world…
...in about 10 billion years.
I guess whoever was assigned chef of the planet forgot to upgrade their oven. That doesn’t mean things aren’t happening– After all, a smoking oven is only a convenience away from becoming a smoking gun. It’s clear that we’re starting to see what our climate’s health really is, and these dangerous skies are just another consequence of our failure to deliver our planet to our local E.R.
This all to say, you might not even need a roasting planet to feel hopeless. Maybe you’re just having a bad summer, with nothing lining up properly. Whether at the end of the spectrum you’re in, I hope to share some insight that can lead you to a brighter tomorrow.
When you look at the bright red sky, and the images of guilt and grief flow like the troubled thoughts they are, the biggest step to cleansing those thoughts is to know that, what you’re doing currently, is going to one day make the sky clear once more. It can be something as simple as running through your neighborhood; to something more active like donating or volunteering to trustworthy charities; or even something difficult like running for office and enabling policy that protects our planet. As long as you’re not harming yourself or others, whatever you end up doing will save the world.
When you reach adulthood and are able to make choices for yourself, you’re given a greenhouse to nurture. You don’t know where it is, but you keep it happy and healthy by bringing that same nourishment back to yourself. Not every greenhouse feeds off the same things to grow, but you learn what that is by continuing to live life to its fullest. I mean, look at me! I’m some random chump that’s writing brief little pieces for you to read, but in doing so, I’m growing my personal greenhouse by providing weird little stunts of wisdom and humor to brighten your day. It doesn’t matter how convoluted you make a greenhouse be, because at the end of the day, it’s still a greenhouse.
While it may take years or even eons for my greenhouse to finish its construction, what you’re reading now is the foundation of it. I don’t know what it’ll look like when finished, but I’m enjoying every moment of it because it’s something that I love doing, while feeling like it’s helping others in a small way.
This is not meant to pressure you into doing things. Downtime and resting are completely normal ways to grow a greenhouse. What’s important is that you recognize what your greenhouse needs, and how you’ll grow it. For me, it’s words. For you? I can’t read your mind, but I’d imagine it has something to do with having an enjoyable summer. Good thing your greenhouse is fueled by joy and euphoria, right?
Oh, would you look at the time! I must go and nurture my greenhouse through Cherry Pepsi; too many words can make the poor thing thirsty. I’ll leave your greenhouse to yourself, do as you wish with it.
Have a good remainder of the summer!
Madeline will be a senior in MICC's College Program, working towards her Hospitality certificate. Her creativity is as broad and crazy as her curls - creating entertaining stories and unique perspectives which become instantly memorable and cherished. Despite her wits and ways of forming words, she is constantly challenging herself by developing new skills and leaving a third eye open to anything that's piqued her curiosity. Whether you find her writing, drawing, music making, golfing, sailing, gaming, programming, or drinking too much Cherry Pepsi, you'll discover a character that you won't find anywhere else!