I Love Sunrises

My favorite part of the day is when the sun rises early in the morning. Before this summer began, I’ve only seen a few of them but now since I wake up so early for my job, I see them all of the time. Sunrises hold a lot of meaning to me.

They are symbolic to me. This past year of my life I’ve gone through the worst moments of my life so far. I’ve hit rock bottom and I struggled with my mental health. The morning after each hard moment happened, I woke up to a sunrise. Each of these days I barely slept the night before, regardless, I woke up to a sunrise and stayed awake the whole day. To me, that was my sign that I am going to get through this hard time and that I am going to make it stronger and happier than ever. In life you have to go through a dark time to get to a brighter time and appreciate those brighter times. After this past year of my life, I definitely am more appreciative of my good and happy days than when I was before.

Sunrises mean a chance to start over and reinvent yourself. There have been numerous times throughout this past year where I’ve wished that I could be a college freshman again and avoid all of the mistakes that I’ve made in the past. I wonder what would’ve happened if I done things differently. I know I can’t go back in time and re-do things and I know that everything happens for a reason, but sunrises aren’t about going back in time. They’re about moving forward and starting the day off fresh. They remind us that it’s never too late to start over and that we can “restart” while still moving on with life. Sunrises are about just that, they’re about letting go and moving on. It’s a new day, we can move forward by acknowledging the past, but not dwell in it, and focus on the present. It’s a new day with a fresh start, let’s focus on that not the darkness. We all have to start from somewhere and sunrises start from the ocean and work their way up to the top and start the day. Each day it happens in a slightly different spot, and moves forward but doesn’t repeat, just like we do as humans.

In a way, sunrises are comparable to what is going on in the world right now. Everyone is saying that 2020 is the worst year in history. So many bad things have happened, and it seems that it will only get crazier. I can agree that 2020 has been a hard year for me, not just with the pandemic but with all of the personal stuff that I have gone through as well. However, I am looking at this period of time thinking there are brighter times ahead. Right now we’re in the night time of society and it’s dark and scary. Soon the “sun” will rise and there will be brighter things ahead. Maybe that’s a vaccine, maybe that’s something else, or maybe it’s a combination. Whatever it may be, don’t lose hope. Try to push through to see what 2020 and what time has in store for us.

Sunrises are special. I love them, and I am grateful for them.

K DeBois


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