Life Lessons my Plants have taught Me! Read now

Every day we read hundreds of quotes about life lessons, screenshot them or write them down. Those quotes are short-lived and temporary as their effects wear out soon. Yet there are exceptions as well, some stay with us forever… We don’t know when and what can inspire us and change our lives forever! That’s the thing about life you know… Anybody can be your teacher! Be it a ball, a spoon, a baby, a rotten tomato… I’m not kidding – ANYTHING!

From my early childhood days, I have always been the ‘one’ who was fascinated and obsessed about having plants at home. The only plant my mother and I would grow were money plants, bushes and bushes of those. I still don’t know why they are called money plants when they don’t give us even a single penny 🙁

Now that I’m a young adult there has been a change in perspective and a sense of realization that has set in me. Today I have a lot of varieties of plants and they are not just for decor purposes but they hold a greater value. Let the life lessons begin 🙂

5 Life Lessons my plants have taught Me!


Ernest Hemingway

Life is like a Rose Plant

What?! Yes, I’m not kidding… Roses indeed remind us of our journey of life! A rose plant has thorns as well as flowers. They smell amazing but they hurt as well. They look so beautiful but the moment you try to touch them they prick. Sometimes they hurt so bad that you even bleed. Similarly, life is just a series of thorns and flowers. To reach the flower you need to get pricked. To smell the aroma of victory you need to bleed. I’m not saying thorns are good but they are mandatory because they ‘teach’.

Try and try until you succeed

When the pandemic started and we were locked in our homes. We had ample time but the productivity was zero, nil! In these times my gardening dreams became a reality! Just like I told you, the only plant I could grow and take care of was the money plant… Actually, you don’t have to take care of a money plant that’s the best part about it!

So in my mind gardening was a piece of cake! I started watching many videos to grow veggies and getting houseplants. So then my journey began… In the video, they don’t mention how many times you have to struggle to get it correct. I started with capsicums, they would germinate easily but they wouldn’t last. I tried 7 times and I reached rock bottom the 8th time when my capsicum was 4 months old. The flowers had come and now slowly the fruit would come. My happiness and excitement were on cloud nine but it was short-lived 🙁 The next day, when I woke up and saw that the leaves of my plant were drooping… I tried everything to reverse the process… My plant was dying and I couldn’t do anything about it

I was going to get my baby capsicum but it died before I could see it. I was down for a week as I had invested four months looking after it, getting excited about its tiny growth as well. So I tried once more and I failed again, and again. Until one day I grew my own tomato plant and got a tomato in my hand. I know the main lead changed from capsicum to tomato but I was successful in growing that. Just like Edison I know 10 ways not to grow capsicum and 3 correct ways to grow tomatoes.

You can overcome anything that life throws at you!

I regularly go to buy plants and always try to buy new and different varieties. So at the beginning of 2020, I bought jasmine plants and seeing that they were so cheap I bought 3-4 (Monisha Sarabhai is very happy 😉 ).

I instantly fell in love with them and the fragrance lit up my mood every time I entered my balcony. In the beginning, so many flowers bloomed, but slowly there were fewer flowers now & my interest dropped. Now the jasmine plant only gave me leaves I kept it on the side and it started dying. Leaves fell off and I thought it was dead. As all the leaves fell off and most of the stem started turning brown. Without any hope or expectations, I pruned the plant and put it in a better spot.

In no time, to my surprise, leaves sprung out and it was all green again. That day I learned a life lesson that even at your lowest you still have the potential, the strength, and the ability to spring back and flourish once again.

Every plant has different needs, so do humans

As I started getting more plants of different varieties, I realized every one of them has different needs. I cannot give equal amounts of water to all my plants, I cannot put each and every plant in direct harsh sunlight. My tomato plant cannot be on my bedside table with my house plant. Every plant has different needs, you cannot treat everyone the same. If we do that, they all will die. I definitely cannot pot a tree in a small ceramic pot and a microgreen in a 20 litre pot. Similarly humans have different capacities, abilities and skills, we cannot judge or test anyone based on a common parameter. Period.

Life is always beautiful with variety

“I actually don’t love a green balcony, I love one with different colors, shapes & sizes!”

Zainab Sariya

Having a spot with just one kind of plant everywhere, or a balcony with just money plants everywhere is boring. Your balcony may look green but not interesting. Plants of different colours, shapes and sizes in your garden or balcony will bring that magical feeling and vibrancy. When we see a unique with a different shaped leaf or one with twisted branches our excitement is more. Anything other than green colour plants will intrigue us!

Life lesson learned – Our world is filled with different kinds of people and not just one type. Tall, short, fair, dark, pale, white, skinny, fat, hairy, bushy, tiny, the adjectives are numerous. Our world is God’s balcony and we were made and placed in our designated spot. Let’s embrace ourselves just the way we are made. Because variety is beautiful!

Life lessons come to an end

So these are a few of the life lessons I have learned and there are many more to come. Life is indeed the greatest teacher, it’s just that sometimes we miss out on the classes. Also, they are free! 🙂

If you are someone who is starting their journey of gardening here is an article we wrote earlier to grow mint at home.

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