M is for Magic

Lovelies, today I'd like to talk about something that's elusive, easily missed, and even, as some might think, nonexistent altogether: magic. Personally, I've always believed in magic - ever since I was five years old and wishing on every star I could see out of my bedroom window. Magic has always been a very real part of my life, but the forms it has come in has changed quite a bit over the years. For me magic is so much more than fairies and wizards and sparkling wands - although, I must admit, I've always loved the fantastical part of it!

But magic can be found in the tiniest nooks and crannies of the universe, the ones that we so often overlook in our rush to get where we need to be, to be the first in every line. Ever heard that old saying "take time to stop and smell the roses"? I think it's the same theory for magic - just slow down and open your eyes, and there it is: hidden in plain sight, all around you.

Magic is so many things that are so easy to overlook. It's getting a smile from a random stranger on the bus. It's waking up ten minutes before the alarm clock rings and getting to sleep just that extra few minutes. It's mix CDs and the people who make them for you. It's hearing your favourite song playing on the radio. It's Sunday mornings when there's nothing to do but laze around and watch really old Disney films. It's people dropping offhand little compliments about things you were hoping they'd notice. It's opening up a favourite book, looking up a minute later, and realising that three hours have passed. It's making a wish at 11:11 on the dot. It's watching your puppy chasing his tail until he's too tired to do anything but flop down in a heap and snore. It's surprise birthday parties. It's people who ask if you're okay and people who know when you're not, even if you say yes.

And you know what the most amazing thing is? That's only my definition of magic. You might have so many different, wonderful things in your life that you didn't even know held magic, that you had no idea had that little hidden spark that's capable of turning your terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day into a beautiful one.

So here's my challenge for all of you: today, stop and appreciate one piece of magic around you. It doesn't necessarily have to be mindblowing and miraculous - I believe little magic is just as magical as big magic. And maybe, if you're feeling like passing it on, why don't you do something magical for somebody else? Again, it doesn't have to be a huge thing - it just has to be something that will make their day a little bit brighter.

And then tell me the magic you saw - or the magic you created - in the comments section. I want to hear your stories. xx