Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and nature writer, once said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” In other words, people can find strength in the beauty of Earth. Even after all of the wars and conflicts in the world, there is still the hint of beauty and peace throughout each part of the globe. A specific place close to my heart is San Antonio, Texas. I went almost 3 years ago and the experience was eye-opening. I found so much beauty there and, as Rachel Carson had said, strength, which naturally comes along with that beauty.
So many historic places lie in San Antonio. For example, The Alamo is a historic museum located in the heart of San Antonio (1). The Alamo was a pivotal event that occurred during the Texas Revolution. This small museum in San Antonio hosts a myriad of artifacts from that time. Today, the Alamo is said to be the most popular tourist site in Texas. When I visited this historic site, I vividly remember the emotional feeling that came over me as I scrutinized every piece of history. It was an honorable experience to learn so much just from going through that small museum. This memory gives me strength to know that on these grounds, people fought for freedom, indefinitely, until it was won.
The San Antonio River Walk (2), also known as El Paseo del RÃo, is a network of walkways along the bank of the San Antonio River. Quite frequently, boats sail through the river carrying the inquisitive tourists throughout San Antonio. They also have the small restaurants and coffee shops that serve exceptional Mexican food. It was very enjoyable to have lunch near the calm, jovial river. Our hotel was located just above the river walk. At night you could hear the soothing sounds of the river, which would immediately have a serene effect and put even the most alert person to sleep. My favorite beauty that I found in Texas was the stunning blue bonnet flowers that cover Texas in an indigo blanket (3). Because I found pure beauty in these flowers, I took seeds home with me so that I could plant them. Unfortunately, they did not survive for very long because of New York’s cold climate. Nevertheless, I had a short physical reminder of the ultimate beauty that I had found. It helped me to cling to the warm weather and serenity of San Antonio. Both the river walk and the blue bonnets are masterpieces of nature. The strength that both gave me was tremendous because it shows hope that there is still beauty in the world.
It is important to appreciate the small, natural works of art. The big things, such as mountains and oceans, should still be cherished; however, the small, pure wonders of the world deserve just as much admiration as the ones we notice every day. When one finds the true beauty in something, they tend to look back on that experience in times of hardship to find hope. Strength can be found anywhere, even in places you wouldn’t normally think to look. For me, that trip to San Antonio was one of the greatest experiences I could have ever imagined because of the strength that each small touch brought me. It is true that small beauty can give a lifetime of strength.
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