The Calm Of The Setting Sun.

29 Dec

I’ve always preferred sunsets over sunrises. I think it’s because the sunset is something I can see every day. I can’t say the same for the sunrise since I’m a typical college student and haven’t gotten up before 6am on my own accord since high school. Either way, there’s a certain calm that I take away from sunsets. For one, the simple act of the sun setting is the winding down of another day. Often times, our minds need a certain “winding down” at the end of the day too, so for me sunsets just reinforce that concept. But there’s something different about sunsets in the mountains. Something magical.

Being in the mountains has a calming effect on me anyway, and so watching the sunset in the mountains is even more special. Including the realization that it’s the end of the day, sunsets also explain that all things must come to an end eventually. This can be an inspiring thought or a sobering one, depending on which way you look at it. Nothing lasts forever. We’re taught that when we’re young. But does it ever really stick? If someone were to tell you tomorrow that nothing lasts forever, would you agree with them or shake your head in disbelief? Even with the constant daily presence of the setting sun, we may still not realize that nothing lasts forever. Not when things in our lives are happy, constant, or seem to be running smoothly. But even then, there is a world of doubt connected to the word “forever.” Maybe it exists. Maybe it doesn’t. It’s all rooted in your inner feeling.

With all of the responsibilities and chaos that daily life brings, achieving a sense of calm can be difficult. In a world full of people who are busy working, writing, loving, and living….it is often difficult to remember to achieve at least one moment of calm. No matter how easy-going our life may be, we could all benefit from one moment that is spent listening to the voice within us. After all, listening to that voice could give you the answer to a question you’ve been aching to answer.

So, if anything, take a moment during the daily sunset to achieve a calm within yourself. That moment could be the difference in a day full of tears and a perfect day filled with imperfections.


12 Responses to “The Calm Of The Setting Sun.”

  1. mostlymonochrome December 29, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Nice – I find that sunsets seem slower than sun rises although they must be the same thing happening the other way round.

  2. Cynthia December 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Very well said. Your post reminded me of staring out at the Blue Ridge mountains as a child in Virginia. A very welcome thought on a hectic day. Thank you. πŸ˜‰

  3. The Pal Guy December 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    I enjoy sunsets and sunrises as i try to be awake for both. I have photographed many interesting sunsets and sunrises in the past.

  4. chaconrafa December 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Being Native American, I can understand the sensation of a sunset, but the rising of the sun has the magical power for that day.

    Thank you for your wonderful writings, I shall continue to wonder over to your camp fire to read.

    And thank you for your lovely comment.

  5. ethelthedean December 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm #

    I too love sunsets! They are definitely the most magical part of the day.

  6. Chelseaholden December 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    One of my favorite things to photograph! Nice post πŸ™‚

  7. rainbow painter December 30, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Nice post!
    You gave sunset a different and better perspective that is always forgotten since it is always before darkness. Sunset is not about the part of the day before night, it is more than that.

    For the record: Amelia (the writer of this blog), thank you for the very first comment on my blog.

  8. thepunchcartel December 30, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Sunsets are definitely more relaxing… sunrises just speak of a busy day ahead.

    The most magical feeling in the world, however, is watching the sun rise after a night film shoot >.< It's just that magnificent feeling of being completely and utterly unable to function physically or mentally any more πŸ™‚ hooray for going to bed after a hard day's night when all the normal people are just starting to wake up.

  9. S Jayanth December 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    beautiful and very thoughtful perception. and the way you wrote it is appealing.

  10. Naomi Baltuck April 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm #


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