Tuesday, February 17, 2015

alone.

sometimes

i have to drive 45 minutes

to an open field

to be alone with the mountains and the air.



because sometimes I begin to think that my life is defined by

       my job
           or
         how many people I hung out with this week
or
how many college credits I have
               or
        how many likes my Facebook or Twitter or Instagram photo has gotten
                          or
             the places I've traveled
or 
how many views my blog has
                                                            or
                   what I'm wearing today




Sometimes I need to be alone
in an open field
away from the world

to remember that all of those things are simply things.
They aren't me.

Alone in an open field I can't hide.
Alone in an open field without my cell phone is when I truly feel free from the pushing and pressure of society and culture and expectations and people.

Alone in an open field is where I remember who I truly am.


64 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful post, Sydni! I think a lot of us think our lives are defined by those sorts of things, when they really shouldn't be. Thank you for such a powerful reminder.

    & I love that last photo of you! You're a beautiful person inside & out :)

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    1. awww thank you so much, melissa! this is so kind.

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  2. Pretty photos
    xo
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  3. Beautiful words and photos!:)

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  4. This is really beautiful. I used to be so afraid of being alone especially in public (and crowded) places because it makes me feel pathetic that I don't have anyone with me while almost everyone has their friends or family with them. Haha.

    I kinda got over that though and I would love to go to different places alone in the future although I don't know how to drive or commute, and I also don't know any self-defense. I'm still afraid someone would hurt me or something. :(

    By the way, I nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award because you're one of the nicest people I know and I really love your blog. ♥ You can find the nomination on my blog:
    http://roxlibatique.blogspot.com/2015/02/sisterhood-of-world-bloggers-award.html

    I really hope you'll participate because I'm looking forward to reading your answers! xx

    Roxanne ♥ | Awkward Turtle

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    1. thanks for your thoughtful comment, roxanne.

      i TOTALLY understand being afraid to go out by yourself haha (http://astorybysydni.blogspot.com/2014/04/ecuador-archives-armed-robbery-story.html). going outside into nature is something that helps me a lot, but there are lots of other ways to recharge and get away from the world you could try out :)

      thank you soooo much for your nomination! it means a lot to me!

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  5. What a beautiful and deep post dear. xx

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  6. Love this! This is so me! I need to find moments to be alone if not I think I may go crazy haha.
    Beautiful photo x

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    1. thanks so much!
      so glad you can relate~

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  7. Such a lovely post. It is funny how we define ourselves in so many ways that we sometimes forget who we really are.

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    1. it's so true. thanks for commenting :)

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  8. I love this post!! I've been feeling the same away on my current vacation -- Sometimes it's nice to just get away and realize what really matters.

    Best,
    Christina

    Looks by Lau

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    1. a vacation is a really good opportunity to truly get away from the world ~ hope you're having fun!!

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  9. Glorious post!

    I firmly believe that the more I strive to define - the more I wind up negating my definitions. Thank you for the thought here x

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    1. what a wonderful way to put it.. thank you for those words.

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  10. This is such a wonderfully written post with gorgeous photos...I really enjoyed this one!

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  11. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Interesting posts, beautiful photos & design! It’s really amazing!
    Great job! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
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    1. thank you so much for the compliment, diana!!
      love your blog as well :)

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  12. You're young and wise, for that you have my respect. I think it's great that you rediscover yourself every now and then, I wish more are like you. Maybe the world wouldn't be a bitter place if more are in your footstep.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. shireen,

      wow. thank you so much. this means a lot to me. a lot.

      with love,
      sydni

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  13. You are such a wonderful writer! I love this so much. It's so easy to get so caught up in the world and I feel the most me and closest to Heavenly Father when I'm outside in nature away from it all. Thanks for the reminder--I haven't taken the time to do that in awhile! :)

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    1. thanks for your sweet and honest words. it is soooo true. i think a huge part of my spiritual health is taking the time to be alone and feel the spirit. i hope you get an opportunity to appreciate nature this week! :)

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  14. Beautiful photos with beautiful words!!! Being alone sometimes is a great thing :)

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  15. wow what a lovely place! and entry
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    1. thanks, amely! love the spelling of your name :)

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  16. Beautiful post! I used to worry so much about my old job, I would come home stressed out about it. I quit and have a new job and when I clock out I leave all my worries at my desk. Life is too short to be stressed out!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. soooo true, jessica. thanks for sharing. glad you found peace and balance with your job!!

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  17. i totally agree with you, i like some alone time to reflect too!! :D

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  18. I wish I had something as spacious and airy like this near my house! looks great for refreshing your mind and soul!
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    1. yeah, it is sooo nice. i missed the mountains. thanks for your comment, samantha! :)

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  19. oh well you don't even know how right you are - with what you said about us being able to destroy and being able to build up worlds with words. and this post is just amazing, you know. less and less people know how to appreciate the pure beauty of nature and the pure beauty of just.. being alive, feeling, living. i am so glad you appreciate all that ♥ and i hope you never lose your smile, hope and joy in life :)

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    1. thank you so much! that means a lot to me.

      learning to appreciate the simplicity in life is something i have been striving to do for the past bit of time. i'm grateful you can see that!

      love,

      sydni :)

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  20. oh my goodness! you have no idea! i struggle with these things so much. love your escape!

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    1. thanks, paige! i think a lot of us, especially nowadays, struggle with this & it's important to find ways to cope/thrive in a sometimes difficult environment :)

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  21. Beautiful post!! I do this a lot too with the ocean being close by! Especially if i am experiencing negative thoughts. It helps my mind expand past the negativity ;D

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    1. that's awesome, ashley! so jealous that you get to go to the ocean... :)

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  22. Very pretty place to be alone. It is always great to clear your head once in a while.

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  23. loveeeeeeee <3 -delia

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  24. This is so great. It is really really easy to define ourselves in that way. But it is not who we are. Especially as a blogger and in the age of social media period. It is easy to get lost in that. Thank you for posting this I needed to read this today. XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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    1. that is such a valid point. thanks for taking the time to reflect in a comment here :)

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