Anyone who knows me, or has been following me on Instagram long enough, knows that I have a slight obsession with plants. I basically can’t go into a Home Depot or any kind of garden store without buying a new plant baby. Oh, by the way, I call them my plant babies. You know that saying “Plant lady is the new cat lady”? Yeah, that’s me! But I also still love my cat, and my dogs and horse for that matter!
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, I love my plants. I started with a few succulents and cacti, and the obsession grew from there. I now have 22 plants in my collection, and I don’t plan on stopping there. These plants not only bring life to my little loft, but they honestly improve my life. Caring for them and watching them grow brings me so much peace and happiness. In addition, having plants in your home also has health benefits! They clean the air, certain plants can improve the quality of your sleep, and they also help with depression.
Beyond these benefits, caring for my plants has taught me a lot about life. I have found great value in these lessons and want to share them with you all.
5 Lessons My Plants Have Taught Me
1. Be Patient
Now, I’m just as much about “instant gratification” as the rest of my generation. I love the idea of instant results, instant success, and instant growth. But, in all honesty, the reality of that happening at all in the real world is pretty minimal. Plants, for example, take a lot of input (sunlight, water, fertilizer, love, etc.) in order to produce any kind of growth. And that growth is slow. It’s not always buds and blooms, am I right?
2. There is such a thing as “too much love”
I may or may not have an over-watering problem. I’ve drowned more than one plant, including a String of Pearls plant that I was obsessed with. (Luckily, I was able to able to save a little bit and now it’s growing like a weed, but that’s a story for a later lesson.) While it took more than a couple over-watering incidents to learn this particular lesson, I think I’ve finally figured it out. When you love something, or someone, too much it can suffocate them (or drown them, in the case of my pearl plant). As a result, you are left feeling disappointed and depleted as well! Finding a balance and a rhythm when it comes to relationships and passion projects is vital for their survival.
3. Acting like you don’t care is NOT cool
Yeah, overwatering can be fatal for your plants, but so can neglect. And some kinds of plants need more attention and input than others. It’s the same in life. Some relationships or projects may require more of your attention than others, but they all require some attention. Ignoring them, or putting off their maintenance care, can be destructive for your relationships with others, as well as your outlook on what you normally love to do. It’s all about finding a specific and ideal balance for the relationship or project in question.
4. Apparent failures can often be salvaged
Back to the string of pearl plant that I mentioned drowning earlier. I was able to salvage about 4 healthy buds from the otherwise dead plant and replant them in another pot. With a little research, and a little intuition, I was able to successfully propagate this cutting and grow a new plant! The point is, failure is part of life. Sometimes, things have to go wrong in order for you to figure out how to make them go right. Almost always, there is something good that can come out of a bad situation. And, if you can’t find anything positive at all (unlikely), I bet you’ll be able to learn something. That, in itself, is a massive success.
Guys, water is literally the basis of life. It helps plants grow. It grows our food. Water is the most important substance on this planet. DRINK YOUR DANG WATER. Lord knows I’m not always great about this (read: bladder illness), but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice a huge difference in my health when I do get the appropriate amount of water. Clear skin, better digestion, and fewer headaches are just a few of the benefits gained from proper hydration. Don’t let your leaves droop. Drink your water.