I’ve never been a “flower” person… in any sense of the word. I don’t like receiving them (because they just wilt and die and you’re left with dirty dead plant water in a vase), they give me allergies, and they just don’t fit my personality. No matter how hard I try, it just doesn’t work. For me, life isn’t flowers and rainbows. It’s more like…

grass and rain.

simple, but vital.

So, whenever I would hear someone talk about women being like flowers, it just didn’t resonate with me. (And for those who it resonates with, you go, girl! You do you.) I understood the concept… we’re pretty, dainty, happy, life bearing, etc. but I just didn’t care for it at all.

Not until recently.

I was at a mass a few weeks ago and one of the readings was your classic “learn from the way the wildflowers grow” passage. Normally, I would have just dismissed it, thinking “don’t worry, blah blah, trust God, blah blah, self-esteem, blah blah, I’m beautiful, blah blah, I get it.” But for some reason, I was struck by “wildflower.”

And it’s not like it’s a new word or that there’s some underlying meaning to the Latin or Greek origins. It’s just a wildflower. They’re everywhere. There’s no rhyme or reason. I mean, they’re all the rage in Texas. Blue Bonnets come out and all of a sudden, everyone is having photo shoots in fields like they’re going to be on the feature photo of the next thoughtco or buzzfeed article.

But really, it’s just a damn plant.

So, why did it capture my attention so much?

Maybe it just happened to be because of the season of life I’m in. Maybe it’s because I subconsciously want a garden. I have no idea. But I think there’s just something to the way “wild” adds to “flower.” It’s not just a pretty, dainty, happy, and life-bearing thing. It’s now wild…it’s now natural.

I can be all these things a flower is, but in my own true nature.

I don’t have to be a pristine, perfect flower if I don’t want to be. You don’t have to be either. We can grow the ways we need, and want, to grow.


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