If I had to identify myself as a morning or night person, let me assure you that I would go with the latter. Like many kids college-aged, I am a night owl. One thing that I have been doing a lot this summer is taking special notice of the sunsets. They say that life imitates art. I would even go so far as to say that God imitates life. And what I mean by that, is that you don’t get something as extraordinary as a sunset without some kind of divine intervention. You just don’t.
I like the idea that no matter where you go everyone sees the same moon, but not everyone sees the same sunset. That’s why I pay special attention and differ myself from whatever it is that I’m doing to see what the sunset is telling me on a particular night. Now, that probably makes me sound like some nature freak who is about to embark on an adventure only talking to birds; or like something out of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While I like technology and rely on my iPhone just as much as the next person, I actually would consider myself somewhat of a naturalist. It has taken me many years to come to realize how much I appreciate the earth and the natural aspect of it. And I am not just saying that because I drive a Prius. Ask just about anyone who knew me when I was younger, and they would tell you the closest thing I’d come to camping was bringing a flashlight outside to help my dad fix something on our porch.
But that was then.
We are CONSTANTLY changing, figuring out what drives us, what’s important to us, and ultimately, the way we want to live our lives. One of my greatest fears about this life is a double-edged sword. While I am so appreciative of technology and everything that it does for us, I am worried that some of the beautiful aspects of the other part of this world will go away forever.
While it is possible to take a photo, and a video, and to capture the essence of a beautiful photo, it is nothing compared to what is ALIVE. And no matter what, technology will NEVER be able to do that. If I see a sunset, I want to be able to sit on my roof, and feel the world around me. I want to feel the presence of nature, the very thing around us that is alive and living. No matter what a life saver it is, technology is not alive. It is dead.
And I think some of us forget that.
And I don’t think the solution to this is to “take a break from phones for a week” or “try not to text so much.”
What it means is to appreciate and use the conveniences that technology has given us, but never let a photograph of a sunset take the place of a real thing.
Oh and by the way, when I look at the sunset tonight, it’s brighter than I’ve ever seen it. I would provide a picture, but I think it’s this vivid for exactly that very reason. It radiates light and life because it is alive, and let me tell you my friends, a picture may be worth a thousand words… but a sunset as beautiful as this you have to see it to believe it.
So tomorrow, whether you are a morning or a night person, go outside and see the sunrise or the sunset. And sit in that moment and know that life will never take the place of technology.. and hold onto all that is real, before it goes away forever.