Growing Roots in the Concrete Jungle: A Philosopher’s Tale of Life, Plants, and Balance

Trivena GV
3 min readJan 23, 2024
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash


In the symphony of life, we often find ourselves dancing to the unpredictable rhythm of change. My journey, like the roots of a sturdy plant, has taken unexpected twists and turns. From the quaint countryside to the bustling streets of Jakarta, and finally settling in the tranquil embrace of Bali, my life has been a journey of self-discovery and resilience.

Chapter 1: Planting Dreams in the Countryside

I sprouted in the countryside, dreaming of towering buildings and the vibrant energy of the big city. The allure of Java called me, and I eagerly ventured into its main province to pursue my dreams. The city lights of Jakarta became my beacon, promising a life of excitement and opportunities.

Chapter 2: Navigating the Concrete Jungle

Life in the capital was fast-paced and demanding. I found myself entangled in the web of stress and competition, reaching a point where the tall buildings around me seemed to cast shadows on my aspirations. Seeking solace, I decided to trade the cityscape for the serene landscapes of Bali.

Chapter 3: Cultivating Resilience Through Failures

Bali, with its lush greenery, became the canvas for a new chapter. I embarked on a business venture, hoping to cultivate success. However, the journey was fraught with challenges, and failure became my unexpected companion. It was in this setback that I discovered the resilience akin to that of a sturdy plant weathering a storm.

Chapter 4: Rooted in Yoga

In the midst of uncertainty, I found solace in yoga. Becoming a yoga teacher not only brought balance to my life but also sparked introspection. Money became a concern, prompting me to question the choices that led me to this point. Yet, in the stillness of my practice, I unearthed a sense of purpose and tranquility.

Chapter 5: Finding Stability in Unlikely Places

As the ebb and flow of life continued, stability remained elusive. Income fluctuated, and doubts crept in. Was I on the right path? However, amid the chaos, I discovered the constant anchors in my life — nurturing my plants, caring for my three loyal canine companions, and sharing my days with a fiancé whose love knows no bounds.

Conclusion: A Garden of Gratitude

In the garden of my life, each experience has been a seed, blossoming into lessons of resilience, self-discovery, and gratitude. The routine of tending to my plants, the companionship of my dogs, and the unwavering support of friends and family have become the roots that ground me.

As I stand on the edge of uncertainty, I realize that life, like a thriving garden, requires patience, nurturing, and the ability to weather storms. In the end, it’s not just about the destination but the journey and the connections that make it meaningful. Through the lens of a plant philosopher, I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty in the simplicity of daily life, finding joy in the dance between dreams and reality.



Trivena GV | Yoga Teacher | Practice Stoic in daily life | Varies in nature and art of life | There is no one-size-fits all to live your best life