Don't all great stories end with riding off into the sunset? I'm not just talking literally, but figuratively as well. When I read a romance, no matter what setting, I always look for that "sunset sky" at the end.
That's the moment you know that everything is going to be fine, that even though we don't see what happens to the characters afterward, we still know that they "rode off" into that beautiful sunset together. It's the same when I write.
There's something about that skyline that holds hope for the days to come. The dreamy feeling that all the tomorrows that follow will be filled with beauty and happiness and goodness.
I mean, who can't help but stop and stare at the canvas of wonderous natural colors that usher out the sunshine before the darkness cloaks us in it's chilled embrace? I love how the lavenders and pinks, golden oranges and brilliant lemony yellows capture the eye.
The fingertips that reach up into the evening sky envelopes us in its grasp and reminds us not to take the small important things in life for granted. It reminds us to enjoy ourselves and to remember that we live our "happy endings" all the time, though they are not endings, but new beginnings every single day.
I tend to stare at the painted heavens and wonder at the beauty that's all around us. There are so many times in the rushing around of everyday life that we forget about nature, about living, about life.
Oh, we're living life, but we take a lot for granted. We forget about riding off into the sunset. We forget to enjoy it to the fullest. Even in day to day life, everything is a blur and sometimes I forget to stop and smell the roses, to stop and take in a sunset that not only beautifies my life in a small way, but also makes me more appreciative of everything else around me.
Wouldn't it be nice if you could ride off into the sunset with the one you love? How wonderful it would be to follow that sunset west across the land, watching how the colors change and shift and soften the landscape at dusk. To catch the first glimpse of the stars as they come out to dance and shimmy in the sky. To watch the moon rise to sit above the trees. To remember what love is really all about.
I still believe in happily ever afters and I still believe that all good love stories ride off into the sunset together.