“As adults, we do a great job of making everything ordinary”


When I was a child, I believed that adulthood was this magical realm where everything made sense. I imagined adults sipping their coffees, discussing the mysteries of life, and nodding sagely at one another. Then I grew up and realized that most of us are just trying to remember where we put our car keys.

As adults, we have this uncanny ability to make the extraordinary seem ordinary. We look at a rainbow and think, “Oh, that’s just light refracting through water droplets.” We hear a beautiful piece of music and say, “I wonder if this is on Spotify?” We’ve become masters of the mundane, champions of the commonplace.

But here’s the twist: it’s not that the world has become less magical; it’s that we’ve become more adept at navigating it. We’ve traded our childhood wonder for adult efficiency. Instead of marveling at the beauty of a butterfly, we’re too busy trying to figure out if it’s going to ruin our picnic.

Yet, every now and then, something happens that jolts us out of our routine. Maybe it’s a child’s laughter, a particularly vibrant sunset, or that moment when you finally find your car keys in the freezer (don’t ask). These moments remind us that there’s still magic in the world, and it’s up to us to see it.

So, the next time you find yourself thinking that everything is just “ordinary,” take a step back. Look at the world through the eyes of your younger self. Marvel at the beauty of a dandelion, the intricacy of a spider’s web, or the sheer audacity of someone wearing socks with sandals. Embrace the extraordinary in the every day, and you’ll find that life is anything but ordinary.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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