The year is about halfway over. Hard to believe, isn't it? Winter turned into Spring and Spring into Summer. Weeks seem to move faster than ever before and the months have come and gone in the blink of an eye.
As I sit here writing this at 1 AM, half asleep in a dark room in front of a bright computer monitor with music blasting through my headphones, I can't help but reflect on the things I have experienced so far this year. They are far from what I expected to happen and that's exactly what makes this year so special.
December 31, 2015 was a day where I looked back with regret and looked forward with uncertainty. I wasn't exactly in the most positive state of mind that night when midnight rolled around. Honestly, 2016 was something I was not looking forward to whatsoever. However, we're six months in and I'm pretty sure my mind has been changed.
There were events that I expected to happen and there were moments that I dreaded happening. I won't get into specifics, but many of those things have come and gone. I got through, I survived, and some of those things didn't even happen at all. It's funny how expectations work. In my experience, reality always ends up being different than anything my mind can think up.
Looking ahead, I still feel, at most times, uncertain. I don't know how everything will turn out. However, that's exactly why I should be excited. As hard as that can be to maintain that mentality, I just have to remember that I will never will be able to know for sure what's coming next, and that's okay.
The photo above was one that I captured a little over a week ago, not too far from where I live. I don't know who the two small silhouettes standing towards the bottom are, but there's something I found interesting about them, especially the figure to the left. He's gazing forward to the horizon with his hand shading his eyes. There's a beauty that lies ahead of him beyond the shadowy line of trees. Something much bigger than himself. Something that caught his attention, even if it was for a split second. Something that looked amazing despite a small amount of darkness in front of it.
I have no idea what he was thinking in that moment but my hope is that it was something optimistic.
And the best part about him gazing at the sky, looking forward?
He's not alone.