Free-write for five minutes on the topic of “sunset.”
Hmmm…. Well, as I start writing this (and as I start the timer for 5 minutes), it’s well past 7 o’clock in the evening, it’s been a very warm summer day here in Madison (or technically not quite summer; the solstice is next week), and the sun is low in the sky. Yes, it’s the end of another day, which means another sunset is not too far off. Summer sunsets are the best kind, in my opinion, for not only do they come late in the day (after 8:30 in June here in Madison), it’s still warm enough that you’re able to appreciate it while relaxing outside in your lawn chair, on your beach blanket, etc. Winter sunsets, on the other hand, come so darn early that you’re probably still at work in it comes (as is the case for me), and you start to really anticipate the next day’s sunrise so that it’ll bring you a little bit of warmth and respite from winter’s cold doldrums. Well, that’s the case for me and my fellow Wisconsinites anyway.
There’s also a hint of sadness in the word “sunset,” isn’t there? In the metaphoric sense, “sunset” means the end of something, whether it be a relationship or your school or employment status or (forgive me for having a dark tone for a moment) the end of life. Everything has a “sunset” and every sunset in life should be appreciated in one way or another. Was it a relationship, job, etc. you hate to see end? Appreciate its sunset and the joy you had while “its sun” was “up.” Was it something you truly dreaded or downright detested? Appreciate its sunset as well (dark tone again, I admit) and learn from what you experienced in the cold light of day. Whatever the case, always know that with each sunset there’s another morning and another day — perhaps even a better day — awaiting you around the bend.
Okay, just slightly over 5 minutes straight typing time. Not bad. Now, to edit my grammar and formatting; as good and fast a typist as I am, I always leave behind a few