I have recently finished reading “Bloom: Finding the Beauty in the Unexpected” by Kelle Hampton and may I say what a beautiful book this is. I’d been hearing the buzz about this book for quite sometime, and me being the avid book reader that I am, had to see what all the fuss was about. From day one I was hooked. Thank you Kelle for sharing such a personal story and allowing us readers a chance to tag along on this heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of love and beauty. What I loved most about this book was its never ceasing theme that beauty is all around us (in the smiles of strangers, in the hugs of friends, finding humor in the not so good times and most importantly in those things unexpected). One of my favorite quotes from the book was;
"It’s incredibly disappointing when our reality contradicts our ideal, but the challenge and beauty of growing older is realizing that when our ideals embrace what’s really important in life, our ideals and reality can dwell harmoniously more often than not"
I think as people we all ideally want to be happy. I mean thats my number one goal. However, I think we too often get caught up in other people’s idea of what is happy and what happy should look like. I love the idea of wanting to live in the house with the white picket fence. Most of us don’t and whose to say my fence, which may not be white is not as beautiful. Like Kelle I’d much prefer a fence with some “Vibrant color”
What I will take away from this book is that we must ‘Bloom where we are planted.” Even if our reality does not match our ideals. Life will throw you curve balls (there will be deaths, failed relationships, miscarriages, lost careers) but you must take those curve balls and make them home runs (celebrating new life, and making each new day an opportunity to get it right). Life is not perfect and I love that!!! There is no perfect and true beauty lies in the imperfections. Thanks Kelle and Thank You Nella!!! Because of you two I feel like a rockstar!!!