There I was, laying on the beach in Canggu, Bali soaking up the sun right as it was about to set. All of a sudden there was energy in the crowd about the beauty they were about to observe. You could see both tourists and locals walking along the beach to find the best spot to take it all in, a site that I have rarely witnessed back home. People filled the beach as far as the eye could see as the sun slowly drifted into the distance. The way the light bounced off the clouds and the different shades of blue, red, orange, pink, and purple left you in sheer amazement. You could feel the warm and positive energy radiating between everyone. There was no conversation, just staring at the beauty of this wonder that we often overlook.
I had never really taken notice of or appreciated the sunset like this before. It seems as if I have always been too busy with work or responsibilities to appreciate brilliant wonders such as the sun setting. It’s an incredible gift that we all have the opportunity to witness, regardless of one’s social standing or from where one comes. I found the way the locals all gathered at the beach to watch the sunset fascinating. It was as though they made a point of gathering there to take pleasure in this, regardless of what else they were doing. The proprietors and workers from the shops and restaurants made their way to the beach to watch while children played among themselves, laughing and smiling without a care in the world. Most of them live with a fraction of what we do back home, but they were smiling ear to ear. A lot of them live in make shift homes and do not have the amenities and luxuries that western cultures have, but here they were with great big smiles on their faces and they appeared to be blissfully happy. It’s as though they place more emphasis on experiences than possessions, which seems to be the opposite of where I am from. It really was an eye opening experience for me personally and made me question my own priorities.
Each day we are all provided wonderful gifts but whether we decide to use them or not is our own choosing. The only condition is not having the option to carry them forward. It was in this moment that I realized how precious these gifts were, and I wanted to make use of as many of them as possible everyday. In the coming days and weeks as I continued my travels abroad, I made it a point to watch the sunset as often as possible, marveling at this daily gift that we have all been given.
When I came back to reality after 10 weeks of travel, I fell back into the grind and forgot about the greatness of the sunsets I had seen while away. It wasn’t until I was driving one day watching the sunset when those feelings came back. I made a point of reminding myself that you need to feed your mind and your soul and, for me, watching a sunset did just this. To take a small amount of time each day to reflect on this natural beauty was vital to my health. While watching the sunset, I can picture myself on the beach in Canggu and remember the infinite beauty and the positive thoughts I had experienced. I remember the people I was with, the conversations I had and the thoughts in my mind.
I continuously make a point of watching the sunset as much as I can, reminding myself of the magnificence and tranquility that comes with it. It reminds me that engaging with such a natural wonder is essential to have a healthy mind and soul. It is during moments such as these that I feel truly alive and happy. I now routinely take some time from my schedule and watch the sunset, look at the stars in the night sky, go for a walk in a forest or immerse myself in some form of nature. Whether it is once a week, or once a month, it helps add balance to my life and reminds me to embrace the beauty this world has to offer.
When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator.
– Mahatma Gandhi
- Featured photo is a sunset in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
- The picture below is a sunset in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia