The popularity of indoor plants has grown on social media. They’re practically everywhere. It’s a new millennial aesthetic. Add some cute succulents on your photo and it’ll be like those shelves on Pinterest. Why is everyone suddenly into indoor plants? Is it only because they look good after choosing the right filter?
I have a theory… because I got a few of them recently.
Here’s a little bit of a back story
I graduated from college four months ago, and I still haven’t found a job. I’ve applied to tons and tons of companies but no one seems to be hiring me. I have freelance work that landed me in starting this blog. Even so, that’s not a consistent source of income.
What they don’t tell you in schools is that most of the time, things don’t turn out the way you planned them to. As the writer, Ian Casocot, wrote on Facebook, “Graduation is a heartbreak nobody tells you about.”
I thought I’d find a job right away, especially with my above average grades. I thought I’d prove people wrong about writing. Is it too much to believe that there’s money in writing in the Philippines?
This failure to reach high expectations caused me too much disappointment. I never thought having this many existential drifts is possible.
I’m positive that things will come back to normal eventually. Hence, the indoor plants. Doesn’t it sound so far-fetched? I can explain.
Non-scientific reasons why keeping indoor plants is good
We know science gives us a lot of reasons why indoor plants are good for you. They clean the air in of your room. They help lessen dust. And so on. Having plants inside the room is more than just these reasons.
They make you feel better. They really do.
The room needs to look alive.
Being bummed out because things aren’t turning out right made me want to stay in bed more than necessary. It made me lose interest in doing anything at all. I stopped reading books. I stopped writing. I even stopped listening to music! It’s a hollow feeling, like I’m not living.
My room started looking bleak and dark and sad, but the plants helped restore much of the life in my room. Now there are two little bright, green things that don’t droop. (Haha.)
They’re a reason to wake up in the morning.
Plants need to be watered and my mother told me the best time to do it is in the morning. Lately, I’ve been waking up excited to water my plants (and talk to them) instead of just staying in bed until the afternoon, accomplishing nothing. This way, I won’t have useless and unproductive days since there’s always one chore done: water the plants.
They’re another reason to listen to music.
They say plants love music and they grow better when they’re always exposed to music. Since I got my plants, I’ve been listening to music every day. I found that it makes music more interesting. It’s like sharing your music with someone else and listening to it with them. It’s more fun and since the room looks more alive, there’s more joy in dancing around in the room.
Taking care of indoor plants is self-care.
Much like doing skincare on Sunday nights, taking care of plants helps you in taking care of your mental health. This is why I think the prevalence of succulents is more than just joining the bandwagon or being a “basic bitch.”