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On Sunrises and Sunsets
The Sun Rising over Mt. Diablo
In Memory of Paul Walker
Today is Saturday September 12, 2015 and what would have been Paul Walker's 42nd birthday. To keep his memory alive, one of his best friends is hosting a sunrise/sunset event to raise money for Paul's charity Reach Out World Wide.
All across the planet people are taking sunrise and sunset pictures and submitting them to social media. Then, his good friend Jesse Briensendine is going to compile them into a photo album and video.
The Facebook Page for The International Sunrise and Sunset Around the World Day for ROWW
As a filmmaker, I never had the privilege of working with Paul, but word on the street was that he was a pretty spectacular guy. From my view he always seemed very genuine, kind, and was a little rebellious to the whole hollywood fame machine. I dig it.
In all of the Hollywood craziness, something I always admired about his reputation was that he never let it get to his head--and instead--deliberately chose to live a pretty quiet life in Santa Barbara.
In 2010, when the Haiti Earthquake struck, instead of just sending money, Paul wanted to get down and dirty—to use his own two hands to help a devastated region. He and a couple of his friends hustled to get supplies and access into the country to help with providing medical and emergency services.
ROWW, the charity birthed from paul's desire to help those in need, continues to be a lifesaving emergency response team dedicated to helping those affected by natural disasters.
Before It Rose, It Painted the Sky
What a beautiful morning it was—just stunning in every way. I trudged out of bed at 6:25, knowing that the sunset was scheduled for 6:47.
I live in a valley, so I knew that I would need to get up higher to get a good view of the sunrise. I jumped in my car and drove to a park down the street, then chased down the sun around the lake.
Some Thoughts on Sunrises
The beautiful thing about sunrises is that they come on so sudden. Boom! Over the mountain the sun appears.
What caught me off guard was just how quickly the sun moves. Within minutes, it wasn't just peaking it's head over the hill, it had emerged, and was rising quickly as a giant fiery ball. The sun is something we usually take for granted, but for me this morning, it was a shocking visual for how quickly time passes.
Something that struck me as personally pathetic was how very little I knew about the best places to watch the sunrise—which only shows how often I really stop to watch the spectacular beginning to each day. I actually used a compass to pinpoint due East so I would have a good idea of where to get the best shots.
Waiting for Night to Awaken
I spent all evening tracing the pathway to the sun, hoping for one of those sunsets that makes you feel alive inside.
Several years ago I remember watching as the doctor's pulled the plug on one of my friends. It was horrendous to watch human life leave this planet so violently and disgracefully. However, one of the things I do remember of that day was walking out of the hospital and seeing one of the most amazing sunsets I'd ever seen. I remember thinking, that it was a beautiful day to die. We all must, so why not go out with a bang that lights up the sky.
September 12, 2015's sunset wasn't anything like that. The evening fog rolled in and covered it as it fell, falling forever into a grey abyss that darkened with every rolling wave. It was anticlimactic and I felt a little gypt.
Some Thoughts on Sunsets
Normally, Sunsets are pretty—but why does beauty have to come at the end of something? It's this moment that we want to freeze and capture before it's forever gone—and no matter how hard we try, we can't seem to stop night from falling and erasing all of the color.
That's life. It's here for a instant and then it's gone.
We are born into this world much like a sunrise, quietly emerging into the world with soft light. Hopefully, if we've lived our lives well, we'll go out with a bang—like a sunset.
Shine on Paul, shine on. Today we remember you for reaching out. #ROWW