Friday, October 1, 2010

Seeing the sun rise, been a while

An amazing thing happened today, somewhat unwittingly. Today was a grant proposal meeting, and in order to get to the meeting on time, I planned on waking up at 5:30 am in the morning. I wanted to wake up early enough so that I can beat the traffic to the meeting venue. The thought of seeing sunrise never crossed my mind -- maybe because I was working on a paged file manager API for my database class in c++ the whole evening before, and when I was ready to sleep, I was only thinking of whether I would wake up early, with enough sleep, to safely drive to my morning destination; or it was merely the fact that I forgot what sunrise meant.

I woke up at 5:30 am, and something felt wrong. I expected to see light outside, but instead saw darkness consume the world. I looked at my laptop, and realized I was almost an hour early before the sun. These simple sequence of affairs hit me -- I am so involved with my graduate school life that I have forgotten to take some time off to enjoy nature. And then I did this: I made black tea, with sugar and milk, sat down on the couch in my balcony, sipped tea and watched the whole phenomenon of sunrise unfold, again after a long time.