Published on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 00:00
The cherry blossom a.k.a sakura flower is revered for being one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. The celestial soft blossoms bloom in a myriad of whites, pinks and reds. Much like human mortality, the Sakura is ephemeral.
So revered are cherry blossoms that in the past, picnicking under a blooming sakura tree was reserved only for the elite of the Imperial Court in Japan. This centuries-old practice has since then spread to common people all around the globe. There is nothing more tranquil than simply chilling under a sakura tree in the spring time with cascades of pink flowers gently floating above your head.
Cherry blossoms have long been an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The transient state of the flowers, its fragile petals, the ethereal beauty and brief lifespan can very much be likened to humanity’s existence.
Our mortality, like the blooming cherry blossoms, flashes by in the blink of an eye. We, like the cherry blossoms have the ability in the short years of our life to live and stun and hold the attention of the crowds. Unlike the cherry blossoms’ beauty that will wither and will be long forgotten, the beautiful things we have shown the world will stay and will continue to be remembered in the future.
“Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares about nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.” – Yoshida Kenko
The delicate nature of our life is all the more reason for us to blossom like the sakura. From tiny, insignificant buds, we can bloom into revered, divine blossoms to be admired and enjoyed by everyone else. We should envision ourselves as cherry blossoms rather than the mere grass growing beneath them that people trample upon. Bloom for the world to see especially when the beauty of life is so short-lived.