We notice the way a moment affects us–maybe positive or maybe negative. Either way, nobody can deny the way it transforms our limbs and the way it increases the warmth in our eyes. Sometimes the heat becomes white: Eyes curl with the bend of our smiles and our cheeks redden from the sudden emotion flooding through our faces. Our happiness reaches levels too high for our mouths to even contain the ecstasy. Other times, though, a rock resides in our stomachs and our appetites soon fade. We suddenly feel as though we can destroy everything around us just like the picture seemed to destroy us.
Suddenly, though, you realize you are unaffected by the latter. What used to make the wax from a candle melt down to the floor and an unsinkable ship find its way to the bottom of the ocean no longer affects you. Joy now resides in the curl of your smile and the spaces between your fingers. You have found someone better. Life is better. You are better.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.