The importance of feeling small

In a world where people are constantly obsessed with becoming the best, the first, the greatest; with seeking more, and more, and more; it seems to me important to feel small.

At Sequoia National Park in California, there are 3,200 year old trees, measuring up to 100 meters high and 12 meters in diameter. To stand in front of these immortal giants involves a whole act of humility: while you break your neck trying to spot the treetop among the clouds, it is impossible not to realize that we will never be the tallest nor the greatest, the first nor the most anything.

Rooted in a fixed position, these trees are the true historians. They are witnesses of our impermanence and fugacity. But I could swear they don’t seem to worry much about being the tallest or the oldest, the wisest, or the most anything for that matter.

No. These labels, as always, are human-made nonsense. 

So, standing before these trees, I think about the importance of feeling small. The importance of having the opportunity to feel that nothing in our lives is as big or as important as our ego wants us to believe. Suddenly, everything becomes light as a feather and, at least for an instant, the unbearable lightness of being becomes beautiful.

We are light and impermanent, just a grain of sand, a brief flash in this eternal universe.

And this is all right…because there already are wiser beings taking care of longevity, immortality, enormity and all those things for which we humans will always be too small to understand.


ALLI is a photographer/videographer from Costa Rica. Vast landscapes, challenging hikes, books, and open roads are among her favorite destinations. She is passionate about documentary, as it offers an opportunity to explore the world and expand the mind through stories and experiences. Follow her here: www.wimblu.com

Alli Baltodano

ALLI is a photographer/videographer from Costa Rica. Vast landscapes, challenging hikes, books, and open roads are among her favorite destinations. She is passionate about documentary, as it offers an opportunity to explore the world and expand the mind through stories and experiences.