There’s something about sunsets that put everything in perspective. You might be stressed out, strung out, or hung over, but the minute that warm glow washes over the world, your troubles don’t seem as troubling.
It’s the transience of the moment that reminds us that life is fleeting. That we should focus on what’s important in the long run rather than day to day worries. That we should be grateful for both the sunset and the fortunate lives we live.
The Japanese have always held this truth close to heart. From death poems, to literature, to modern sayings, the Japanese accept the ephemeral and in doing so live their lives in the present.
No sunset has invoked more feelings of gratitude, self reflection, and transcendence than the sunset over Lake Atitlan Guatemala. To me, at least theses day, it truly is the most beautiful sunset in the world.
In my feeble attempt to capture the glory of this sunset for you, I’ve filmed over 20 sunsets with my GoPro. Unfortunately, my 64 gb computer only has enough memory to hold three 20 minute clips at a time, so I decided to choose my favorite three. Be sure to watch it in 720 HD if you can. Hope you enjoy!
“How beautiful life is and how sad. How fleeting, with no past and no future, only a limitless now” – Shogun by James Clavell
The Most Beautiful Sunsets In The World
And all our world is dew…so dear,
So fresh, so fleeting” -Kobayashi Issa
“I came and left like a passing train.
A trip within a journey.
A life like the others a life of its own. The life of Leif will set alone.” -Leif
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields;
the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red,
the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” -Jack Kerouac
“Today I saw a red and yellow sunset and thought, how insignificant I am!
Of course, I thought that yesterday too, and it rained.” -Woody Allen