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Wanderlusting: Sunrises and Sunsets

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“Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.” ~ John Lubbock

Happy Monday

Hello friends! Happy Monday AND Happy New Year! Have we all recovered from the craziness of the holiday season or is it the Mondayest of Mondays? I worked all last week so I don’t really have a case of Monday-itis, (thankfully!) BUT from November to January, I am in one big holiday fog, that has the energy of a 100 meter dash but is longer than an ultra marathon. It just goes on and it is a miracle if I know what day it is. (thank god for planners and scheduling!) A friend recently said that November and December are like tax season for CPA’s and I felt that! Especially since this year my business really picked up, which I am eternally grateful for all of you who have been there and supported me. Thank you does not even begin to express my gratitude.

And thank you for reading along this last month! I not only did the twenty-five days of Blogmas, but I ended up blogging every single day save one in December. Goals crushed! The pressure is definitely on for planning my January content, and I kept going back and forth on what I wanted to post, but as it is the New Year, I thought I would be a little more contemplative today. It also gives me a chance to share these photos I took a few days ago, while I witnessed one of the pretties sunrises. Ever. AND that is saying a lot! It is one that is sure to stay with me for a long while,

Sunrises and Sunsets 

I use to always think that summer was the season for sunrises and sunsets. With warmer temps, and longer days, it is easy to get swept up in the glorious displays of color that the sky bestows on us, as night turns to day and day turns to night. Especially when it is warm, and spending days outside or happily at the beach is no hardship, but enjoyable.

And yet, winter is that surprising gift which graces us with equally as beautiful, if not more so, vibrant skies. It is the hidden underrated gem, which because of the blustery temps few want to venture out in to witness. But perhaps that is why they are so special, they are our reward for braving the frigid temps, losing feeling in our fingers and toes, and huddling under our jackets. Yet, despite that, peace descends upon us, and the feeling like we are the only ones in the universe in that moment, as we watch the powers that be paint the sky in a way that even Picasso couldn’t match.

From high peaks atop mountains, to wide open spaces, every time the sun rises and sets, we are graced with a light show. But it should come as no surprise that my most favorite sun gazing spots are those by the water. Seeing the sun rise or set on the water’s horizon is its own decadent treat of incandescent beauty. It makes the early mornings worthwhile, and the dark cold that comes after the sun sets, bearable because I know in a few hours it is going to rise and once again I will be treated to a spectacular light show rising above the ocean, because it is all our constant. All of us.

Sunrises and sunsets are gifts from the heavens, or the universe, or just a really cool science experiment depending on what you believe in. Irregardless they are a reminder, that night and day will always come. The sun will always rise, even if it is hidden behind clouds, or perhaps not as luminous as the day before, it is still there. Always. It is a connector for us all even as we witness a sunrise, someone on the other side of the world is witnessing a sunset.

Much like paintings housed in the most famous museums in the world, where minutes turn into hours as you stare at it and get lost, we are not along. The sun is one big show that unites us all every morning and night despite having the power to make us all feel unique. It is not just a literal light, but also a muse and therapist at once. It inspires the creative process and yet also soothes the soul. Ultimately it is a metaphor for life, that we have to get through the darkness to get to the light. That anything worthwhile takes work, and if we are consistent we will be rewarded. That witnessing a sunrise or a sunset is a gift one that makes me grateful to be alive and to be able to witness it every day I am on this earth.

Do you like sunrises or sunsets better? Where do you prefer to watch them? 

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