Typically, we don’t have to think about breathing. It’s passive, accompanying every moment of our lives. Something so ubiquitous is easy to take for granted, but this innate act is anything but simple. The lungs are comprised of an intricate system of tubular branches, called bronchi, that then spread out into ever smaller branches called bronchioles. At the end of these branches, microscopic air sacs (alveoli) absorb oxygen from the air into the bloodstream, thereby fueling all sorts of bodily functions, from digesting food to our moving muscles.
Our world is full of wonders, both externally and internally. Every organ, every ecosystem, every cell is perfectly designed, astonishingly beautiful and completely interdependent. If we could truly acknowledge the miracle of a single tree, our entire life would change. The breathtaking beauty of the natural world is also within each of us. We are walking miracles.
Through this series, I hope to educate, to inspire, to reacquaint people with the profundity of the perfectly ordinary. Above all, I hope to help people appreciate their own bodies and their connection to the world around them.