LOOK AT THESE SNOWFLAKES!!! Why do we as humans LOVE how these things look??? THEY’RE AMAZING! They’re beautiful and symmetrical and NATURE MADE THEM! I think at some level, we all naturally have a built in love for patterns (we are all a pattern, anyway!). We are always looking for the patterns in nature, how things repeat, how they are designed. This is the basis of a lot of sciences – math, biology, physics. We like to fit things together, like a puzzle, and see how things work. We only study these things because we know that there is a pattern, and that we can figure out that pattern if we have the right tools. The only tool it took to see these snowflakes is a camera, BUT to get the right technique to capture these images I’m sure was perfected by the photographer through repetition. Another repeating pattern, but this time with actions – we ALWAYS repeat things. In fact, it’s really the only way that we as humans learn things.
Yes, these snowflakes are beautiful, because they’re made up of a repeating pattern. If you think these snowflakes are beautiful because of their patterns, why wouldn’t you think that learning things through the pattern of repetition is beautiful, too? I think it’s amazing how, no matter how many times we repeat something, it’s never quite the same as before. If you’ve been repeating an action in recent times, you KNOW you’ll be able to repeat it again and again, getting better and better, because you’ve already done it before. Some patterns are easier to remember (“it’s like riding a bike”), but some are more difficult and take practice (do you remember that French you learned in high school? Nope, me neither). But, if you practice something enough, you CAN do it, and that’s amazing. We all have our certain skills and strong suits, which usually coincide with what we ENJOY doing. If you do what makes you happy or something that you enjoy, it just FEELS right! Keep repeating the patterns that feel right to you, and you really can’t go wrong.
Let’s come back to the snowflakes. These beautiful patterns, none of which are the same, are awesome. We see the beauty in this crystalized water droplet, because of it’s concentric circles and repeating lines that make a beautiful symmetrical fractal design. If you can see the beauty in these snowflakes, try to see the beauty in every instance of patterns or repetition. I know sometimes repetition can feel tedious or annoying at first … but as you keep doing it, keep repeating it, you can find comfort in the patterns of your every day life. Actually, we hate change, probably because we love patterns and repetition so much. Embrace the patterns in your every day life and let the repetition take you for life’s ride!