In this pandemic-ravaged era, it doesn't take a lot to amuse us. When days are filled with distressing news and uncomfortable discourse, it makes things like silly cat videos and beautiful photos that much more heartwarming. Which is why, I think, this video of Naomi Osaka saving a butterfly is so captivating.
Osaka has been competing at the Australian Open this week, set to play Garbiñe Muguruza, representing Spain, tomorrow. During today's match at Melbourne Park, the Japanese athlete went up against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur, but play was interrupted partway through when Osaka had a party crasher to attend to.
A fan can be heard shouting out, "Naomi, there's a butterfly on your leg!" which alerts Osaka to the little friend that had hitched a ride on her shin. Osaka guides the butterfly into her hand and attempts to carry it to safety on the sidelines, but little guy wanted to give Osaka a parting kiss before it went about its business.
Announcers watching the incident unfold gave viewers a play-by-play as if they were narrating some stimulating gameplay, and the crowd cheered as Osaka made her way back into position on the court. Of course, it didn't make Osaka lose her focus, as she beat out Jabeur 6-2.
I've literally watched this video eight times.
It's obviously exciting and thrilling watching an athlete with such prowess as Osaka compete, but there's something so pure in her gentleness with that silly little butterfly that pulls at your heartstrings a little bit! Not to get all sappy, but it kind of reminds you not to take life too seriously all the time.