Do Look Up
In downtown, I almost always walk with my gaze fixed downward, surveying the ground before every step in the background of whichever app happens to be occupying my smartphone screen. To my left and right, everyone else is similarly engrossed in their devices and fast paces in keeping with the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Once in a while though, I have the urge to look up, and I am never disappointed. I find myself drawn into the glass window panes that stretch endlessly into the great expanse of the blue sky. I am humbled by the skyscrapers, dwarfed by that which is so much bigger than myself. This new perspective compels me to notice the little things which I might pass by mindlessly otherwise. I find newfound appreciation for various unique architectural styles characteristic of eras ranging from the early 1900s to modern day. I see birds soaring overhead, flower beds brightening fire escapes, someone reading peacefully on their balcony, and the sun in the distance rising above it all.