If We Treated People Like Sunsets

If We Treated People Like Sunsets

How different the world would be?
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If we treated people like sunsets, how different the world would be.

If we treated people like sunsets, how much clearer we would see.

If we treated people like sunsets, we'd appreciate every face.

If we treated people like sunsets, the world would be a better place.


Every day we anxiously await the incredible sunset that is to come, in awe of the beauty and uniqueness that each one possesses. As we stare at the splash of hues reflecting off of our wide-eyes, we notice the contrasts in each. We notice the varying colors, the lack of clouds or the abundance of whisping ones. We notice how the day's weather can alter the appearance of each sunset, and how rain prior to the setting sun, followed by a clearing, can make for that of an even more breathtaking sight.

So why is it any different with people?

What makes people so different from sunsets?

We are all incredible and beautifully unique. We contrast each other with our varying colors. The weathering of life changes each and every one of us in magnificent, individualistic ways. Getting caught in the rain for part of your life makes for your appearance after your emergence to be that much more breath taking.

When will we start to appreciate people the same way we appreciate sunsets?

Essentially, we are the same, we just have the ability to feel magnificent emotions, unlike the setting sun. If we used those emotions to value each other like we use them to value the sunset, the world would be such a different place. Every one would be treated as an equal, but recognized for their wonderful, individualistic qualities. Every one would understand the true beauty that they hold while possessing no trace of jealousy, as they would see that although we do not all look the same, we are all beautiful in our own special ways. We would appreciate every single human being that crossed our path, knowing that they too, come from a different background, a different story, a different weathering of events.

The setting sun can be life changing, time passing in wondrous hues right before our eyes. Meeting someone can also be life changing. How much clearer we would see if we just noticed the similarities between the two. We would stop taking people at face value, allowing ourselves to dwell on what they may be holding within, just as we wonder what exactly went into the creation of the incredible vista glowing in front of us.

We come from the same world as these breathtaking sunsets; how did we become so far removed?


If we treated people like sunsets, how different the world would be.

If we treated people like sunsets, how much clearer we would see.

If we treated people like sunsets, we'd appreciate every face.

If we treated people like sunsets, the world would be a better place.

Cover Image Credit: Jenna Rutkey

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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When You Decide You Don't Love Me Anymore

I'll forgive you.

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I never thought I would write this, but I feel like I have to: there will come a day where you won't love me anymore. This won't be a sad day, but instead a day I have waited for all along. You see, they all leave and that is perfectly okay. People may not be meant to be in my life for all of it, not in any of our lives but this is normal and although initially saddening it is a part of our lives and inevitably part of our journey.

When this time comes I want you to know that we did our best, that we were in fact in love once and that we had hoped it would blossom into a lifetime commitment but it didn't and I accept that and will respect you always. I know you did not wake up one day out of the blue and stop loving me, I know this feeling grew over time in your heart and that it was not something you planned on. I respect this.

You were the only person I trusted and the one I loved the most, but nothing lasts forever and I hope you can understand there is no animosity here and certainly, no stone left unturned. We just are not those kinds of people, we would have tried everything to keep our love burning bright and tried for quite a while to understand where the cracks began so that could fix them, it just isn't that simple. Love is a long complicated process, you know that and falling in love with me couldn't have been easy, I am misunderstood and stubborn as all hell and I am FULLY aware of that but that does not mean I didn't try to ease up on you, I promise I did my best.

I have always done my best to understand you, to make you happy, to keep the flame alive, but it has been extinguished. Love does that sometimes, it is there one day burning bright and then it slowly starts to dim with every fight, every unrequited "I love you" and every day passing by in which we spoke less and less about the things that mattered and more and more about worthless things.

This is all okay, it is a season of life, a part of our lives in which we do suffer but one we must grin and bear. I want you to know that I will always love and care for you, although it is now in a much different way, now we no longer look at each other with doting eyes and open hearts but instead with the freedom to let go and move on.

It is time for us to go on with our lives and find a new adventure, one that will light our hearts on fire instead of continuing to snuff our joint flame. You will always be in my memory and a huge part of my life that I once had but I accept that it's over and that time sometimes wears on things as it has worn on us.

You are the love of my life and that is truly the reason I must forgive you.

Goodbye, my love.

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