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We Chased the Sunset… and Lost

I’ve been on a lot of planes lately, and anytime an activity becomes normalised, we start to take it for granted. At least, I do. So I noticed on the way to The Reset Conference on Friday that I was the traveller who no longer looked out the window. Just before touching down in Chicago, I looked out the window for the first time and was floored by the spectacular view.

(excuse the bad cell phone photos… it was the only camera I had on this trip) 🙂

It was then that I noticed how much I’ve stopped noticing. As a photographer, I’m supposed to be acutely aware of my surroundings, but I’ve been tuning it all out. So caught up in busy that I’ve forgotten how to be creative.

Thanks to my new awareness, I made sure to look out the window on the way home. One of the most beautiful things happened: We chased the sunset. It was snowy and grey when the plane took off from Chicago O’Hare, and not a pretty day. But it didn’t take long for us to rise above the clouds. And as we moved westward, we chased the sunset.

Fascinated, I watched as we tried to keep up with the sun’s westward progress. The shadows grew longer and darker, the sky grew more orange and pink. Eventually, we lost, and the sun dropped out of sight, leaving us in twilight as we landed at John Wayne.

But it was a beautiful race, one I’m glad we lost. And even though the light was lacking, it didn’t keep me from seeing the green hills I’ve missed during my time in the Midwest. It gave me a new appreciation for suburbia, with the lights from houses arrayed in fascinating crop circle-esque patterns.

We raced the sunset, and we lost, and I learnt how important it is to see beauty in what has become mundane.

comments

  1. Chen

    April 9th, 2018 at 23:06

    A lovely lovely post Megan! The beauty in the mundane… a sweet reminder that there is so much to observe and I totally relate to being ‘caught up in busy’!

  2. Christine Yodsukar

    April 9th, 2018 at 23:14

    That was the most beautifully written excerpt from a novel I’ve ever read. 😉
    So I think that this needs to be expanded on because I don’t want to stop reading it, and also, I just love your writing. More please.
    Sincerely,
    Your fan

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