Five Card Story: A Hole in a Wall

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a Five Card Flickr story by Jason Benson created Feb 11 2020, 12:35:42 am. Create a new one!

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People under-appreciate the value of having a window either in their room or just in any room they spend time in. It has been said that you don't know what you have until it's gone and so imagine being in your room surrounded by nothing but the dull hum of fluorescent lighting, four white brick walls, and a sheetrock ceiling; bland right. How many times have you been at a loss while working on an in-class assignment or just plain zoning out because your 50 minutes into a droning lecture? How many of those times do you find yourself gazing wistfully out the window at a beach and by the beach I mean a parking lot; you're daydreaming, but oddly enough now that you've snapped back to reality you feel kind of refreshed. This is because staring out the window can be a really good thing for people since it helps you reflect on your own thoughts and remove any frustrating clutter that may have been pulling your attention from the lesson in the first place. There are plenty of studies that look into the reasons windows are important for more than just the daydream benefit, but even just the benefits of natural light over artificial or the mental effects of being surrounded by white brick walls versus having a nice hole in the wall to peer out. I'd love to sit here and say that windows are these amazing flawless creations but they do actually have some downsides. One of the most common downsides to having a window is that they can be a distraction both to someone trying to focus on homework and to someone who has been counting the minutes to the end of class since they sat down. They can also be dangerous for example, several sources report that nearly 5,000 kids fall out of windows every year. There are plenty of downsides that I could name such as cost, danger, etc... but the benefits clearly outweigh them in my research. In conclusion, windows may just look like a hole in a wall but they are really important for us and tend to be under-appreciated by most people, remember that you don't what you have till your gone so maybe take a little time after reading this and look through that hole in the wall.

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