I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of romance lately. Not necessarily the kind that involves a significant other (although that definitely counts), but romance in the everyday.

A quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life.

Romance is writing with a fountain pen just because.
It’s stopping to cut flowers from all of the bright branches you see.
It’s leaving a flower on a friend’s doorstop.
It’s dancing and soaking yourself in the rain.
Taking the afternoon off to lay in the grass.
Candles in the early morning.
Walking barefoot in nature.
Watching the sun fully rise or set (sans phone).
Looking through old printed photographs.
Eating dinner outside.
Holding someone’s (anyone’s) hand.
Eating breakfast in bed.
Infusing water with flowers.
Enjoying an ice cream cone all alone.
Dancing like a weird one.
Sending handwritten letters.
Growing a plant, a flower, a garden.
Spending time with friends around a fire.
Paying for the stranger behind you in line.
Going to the movies in the morning.
Showering outdoors.
Swimming naked.

Romance is being present, living slowly, feeling grateful, taking care of yourself and choosing to see the glimmers of beauty that are always around us.

So much of the modern world is missing romance and we needed it more than ever. Romance is what makes a life magical, regardless of the circumstances.

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things… The trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” Barbara Pym

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” -Charles de Lint

“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” -Arthur Conan Doyle

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

“But all the magic I have known I’ve had to make myself.” -Shel Silverstein

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” -W.B. Yeats

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