I think there are 2 kinds of sunsets. There are the vacation sunsets; those are the ones we anticipate eagerly. They usually occur in some exotic locale. We photograph them and store the images in photo albums and in our memory banks. They are noteworthy events.
Then there are the workday sunsets; the sunsets we experience at home. We dread them. They mark the passing of another long day and we barely take notice of them as we make our way home from work, school and other obligations.
The vacation sunset and the workday sunset are the same. It is the same daily disappearance of the Sun but our responses to the events are different because we are different in those situations.The vacation “us” is living in the present and fully in the moment; trying to absorb the experience like a sponge absorbs water. We want the experience to fill us up.
The workday “us” is looking ahead; (usually with anxiety) towards the next thing to be done. We are not in the present and we are not eagerly anticipating the future, so we are really nowhere. When I looked up the word “nowhere” with the Encarta Dictionary; one of the definitions was – “a remote or insignificant place”. That doesn’t sound like a very hospitable place. It seems like living in nowhere would be no fun.
For this photo challenge entry I have a vacation sunset and a workday sunset. I had a sunset picture taken while on vacation in Kauai, Hawaii; on hand. I didn’t have any workday sunset pictures; so when I tried to find images, I had to really work hard to see the beauty in my very ordinary surroundings. This week the challenge was to be “present” enough to capture a moment with the camera.
For me vacation will always be eagerly anticipated but I intend to practice being more present in my daily life. I don’t want to live in “nowhereland”.