A thin blue line shoots across the horizon and that is the mark. You know the sun will eventually set underneath that line, but until then, the moment where it crosses that line, you are witness to one of the most beautiful sights in the Universe.
Here are a few things these earthly wonders called sunsets have taught me over the years:
1) Everything Adds
Beautiful pastel hues of orange and yellow shine bright around the sun, but as you expand your perspective the entire rainbow of colors is there. Soft baby blue and turquoise clouds float calmly through the open sky. Streaks of dark purple and red dash like the strokes of a mad painter.
A sunset is not a single color, and every new color adds beauty. Why would this world be any different? You matter. Your unique story, your unique gifts will add to this Universe – it is your choice if you want it to be the bright yellow or the soft turquoise.
2) Change just is
A sunset is when change is most evident. Where the sun that has been moving all day, now, finally seems to move in a way that matters. The scene transforms and every moment brings a different sunset. Every second something changes and makes the scenery just a little bit different, just a little more unique.
Change is neither good or bad – change is. It will happen, and continue to happen, and therein lies the beauty. Because routine bores us and just when the novelty in our life seems to be wearing off, the Universe will change it. Not for better or worst, just different.
3) Your Experience is Unique
Even if we are identical twins standing next to each other, we will not be looking at the same sunset. Your entire life, even the way the breeze shakes your shirt and not your twin’s, every single experience you have ever had, adds towards an increasingly complex experience that cannot be the same as anyone else’s. Your sunset is your sunset – your life is your life.
Every second you are adding to your own unique universe – make the next second matter.
4) There is Only Now
Just like every existence is unique, so is every moment. The sunset you are seeing now, you will never see again. “You have never been older, and you will never be this young again.” Enjoy the now; enjoy this sunset.
5) It Doesn’t Always Make Sense
How can a ball of fire that is millions of miles away— something that sucks in life and spits out fire—create something as beautiful as a sunset, as beautiful as life? How can such beauty hold such destruction? How can light that blinds only be seen during certain moments? Why must darkness always follow?
There are usually more questions than answers, live for the questions. As answers, well, they change… read above.
6) There is Always Tomorrow
Just as we feel a touch of sadness when the sun makes its final journey across the thin blue line, we too feel a hint of sadness when death appears in our life. But death is not the final journey just as today is not the final sunset.
This existence is an infinite theme park of which we are only riding one ride. So don’t worry, hold on, and enjoy it because as you watch that sun cross that line, know that when your time comes to cross your own life, you will be greeted by the next big adventure on the other side.
It might be a parallel universe where Star Wars AT Walkers (Big Trojan Horse Robot thing) + Mushrooms + Morgan Freedman’s voice = your pet. Cross your fingers.
7) Light and Dark
Realize that there is a certain duality to life. A sun that must always make way for the night. The lows make way for the highs. That plants feed on the light, but grow in the dark. That music needs the silence.
Oh the painters that have tried to capture a sunset, the poets that have tried to describe it, the scientists that have tried to measure it. They all are trying to grasp that beauty, that truth, which is held within a sunset.
The way the yellows clash with the blues, the way the clouds cover the best parts, the way something blinding can be seen, the way it cannot be copied, described or understood – rarely found – just lived, just felt.
Find your beauty, try to capture it in your own “crazy in the head but maybe genius way,” and then share it with the world.
9) There is Always More
Always deeper levels. Hidden plans. Higher dimensions. This fractal reality we live in is but one level on a Mobius strip fractal ladder. It is but one setting on the universal TV. It is but one sun, one star out of billions.
10) There is a Purpose
I have to believe that the same particle that left the sun on a million mile journey, the one that avoided everything in its path, hit my face out of a billion on a rotating planet. Everything happened because I had to feel that warmth. On that day, in that moment, I needed that warmth in my life.
And that, is beautiful.