Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. Therefore, that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things that are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?
My story started when I was 6 years old. I lived with my father, because my mother lived in another town and I was already admitted to a school in Windhoek. Every last weekend of the month we would go visit my mother and small sister. We would travel in there early mornings at 03:00 or later in day at 10:00, if I had to go to school. It normally took us 7 hours to get there. When we drove in the morning I would stare at the dark sky till the sun came out. My father would always try to convince me to rest and tell me that he would wake me up when it begun, but I was 6 and he told me that all the time. At about half past six, the warm sun ray always began to enter the car window and, as if that wasn’t mesmerizing enough, it seemed as though the rays penetrated my very soul. I would gaze out the window and ask my father to stop, but he always said “next time”. When we drove from 10:00 we would always arrive at sun set which was my favorite because I could watch it and feel the soft sand of Northern Namibia between my toes. Twilight fell, the sky turned to a light dusky purple littered with tiny silver stars.
As I grew older, I took life in a different perspective, because when you spend any time gazing at the sky or the distant horizon, you’re reminded of how vast the universe is and how small your little corner of it is. It’s a wonderful reminder that your problems aren’t so big after all. This gives us the power of simplicity because sunsets are so simple yet they can completely transform your outlook on life.
The sun melts away over the horizon, leaving us in darkness. We hope to enjoy its beauty again tomorrow, but there are no promises. My father died in a car accident in 2014 when I was 12 years old. I would never have guessed that our lunch together that day would be our last.
I have realized that it’s almost impossible to watch a sunset and not watch a dream, because I learned to dream follow my dreams. Moreover, know what you want to do,hold on firmly,and do what should be done every day, and every sunset will see you that you are much near to the goal you have set for yourself.
By the age of 14 I had been enrolled into high school I got to know so many new people and their different aspects to nature. Society discriminated me of how full my mobile phone was filled with landscape pictures, than pictures of teenage related things such as latest trends. I thought that these trends constantly change and within a year how many trends related things I will have, than my sunsets and rises which will never be the same ever again. I was called a ‘’gweri ,gwap” but after they knew and understood what sunset actually mean, they would even send me pictures of the landscape in various parts of Namibia. In addition, every holiday I would always ask my mom where we would go hoping it to be in the red sand dunes of the Kalahari or the Etosha National Park.
Everyone suffers, everyone carries a heavy load. We know that it is easy to get destructed with life problems, insecurities and disappointments, but we should remember that there are times when we all need to pick up our notebooks and cameras, and sit down on Natures’ lessons. So let’s make time and an effort to be present with ears to hear.
Therefore, in the end what really matters is how well you lived, how well we learned and how well we have learned to let go, and sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, everyday can end beautifully.
Wilka Tsetuna Kayoko