Admiring the scenery
I’ve enjoyed watching the sky my whole life. It’s always been fascinating, beautiful, colorful, moody… rarely has it been dull. Sunrises and sunsets are particularly interesting, especially with the dramatic changes over the course of a mere few minutes. But a late-summer sunset somewhere noteworthy seems particularly poignant.
Recently, I was on the Cape for a glorious Friday night sunset. Late-season vacationers had dragged their beach day out for hours. While some headed off for showers and dinner, many remained. They began shifting towards the west end of the beach. Their energy from earlier in the day had shifted to mellow happiness. Couples walked barefoot or in flip flips, hand in hand. Moms held babies and dads hoisted kids on their shoulders. Everyone spoke more quietly.
For all the frenzy that people’s days can hold, and as much as people can get lost in their own heads and lives, people seemed to unconsciously form as a group, with a common interest and mood.
The summer’s end brings not just a change in the weather, but also a change in focus and in routine. Seeing people taking time to appreciate a moment became as interesting to me as the sunset itself. They were actively taking time and energy to convert that moment into a memory; a shared one, in which they embrace their lives and their shared moment.
This, to me, is as good as summer can get.
The Good Life...
is filled with little snippets of time that can disproportionately impact our days. This is a chance to capture and share them.