Day 54 • The 20th of August
Day 54 • The 20th of August
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Day 54 • The 20th of August

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🌄 Day 54/365

Why not sunsets? I was asked recently, regarding my sleep issues and committing to a year long sunrise project, why I didn’t choose sunsets instead. It’s a fair question. I had just gotten through saying I prefer sunsets. Admittedly, I do find them more exciting. But my main reason is that sunsets are too easy! They’re in your face with beauty and personality. Sunrises are much more subtle. You have to sit with each one, quietly, and let it show you its personality.

And besides — I’ve seen a lot of sunsets in my life. I’m familiar with the process. Not so with sunrises. I’m a visitor to this world, I feel awkward and out of place. That it’s difficult for me, even that it’s disrupting my sleep — these are things that will change me. It requires something of me that sunsets do not. That part that I give up of myself each morning is where the growth and progress are. It’s what is making me a stronger person, even as I struggle through it.

Also, sunsets represent the end of something, not the beginning. The artist and the human being in me seeks transformation, new experiences, a new outlook on life, a fresh beginning after a tumultuous few years. I absorb this message in my daily life through every New Dawn I see.

This moment was captured in Kihei, Maui at 6:06am on the 20th of August, 2022.

Printed on metallic photo paper. Three sizes available, including a commemorative 16x20 inch print on Lustre paper with the date printed on the front!  

Shipping included. Can be printed larger on request.