I can still remember how the sand felt in-between my toes, how the sound of the waves crushing
into the beach and dragging along the sand back into the ocean. The sweet sound of the waves
resonated well with me, sending vibrations through my body that spurred chills within leaving my
hairs standing in applaud. The crabs came out of their holes as if to peep if the sun was finally out,
then there it was. The sun tore into the sky with such glory, it moved so gently as though the sea
gave birth to it. The rays glistened on the sea and colored the sky with its warm yellowy orange
flavor. Its rays outstretched to touch all the ends of the world and it smiled back in reply.

It’s been
a long while since I had a clear mind, just a moment to yourself, nothing else to worry about other
than how the sun will tan your skin, and just how dignified and uplifted you will be as you flaunt
how your melanin responds to such a true blessing. I had invested weeks awakening. Never really
awakening at the correct time to actually catch the sunrise. It was difficult yet it merited the
genuine significance of getting up just before dawn to catch it. The thrill of catching the sunrise
begins the day before, just a young hopeful soul that’s actually determined to wake up early. Not
until its true predicament of actually waking up strikes and every bone in your body cries in unison
to pull you back into the bed covers and engulf you in its warmth. Diani being voted to having one
of the best beaches stood true to its name


The sand, was as white as the photos and the water seemed to filter in the light letting out a clear
blue that’s simply picturesque. Come to think of it watching the sunset is rather cliché in
comparison to the sunrise, it has lots of people, very noisy. It’s easy to get a glimpse of the sun
setting but hardly do most people catch one of the sun rising. Either they missed it or are too busy
into their work and they simply don’t appreciate it. So when I finally woke up, rather for the
umpteenth time, to catch the sunrise my stars actually aligned perfectly to render a new
perspective for me. A gift that I never knew I would hold on to. Everyone is friendly in Diani and
the tuk tuk driver rather taken aback, that I would wake up early in the morning just to watch the
sunrise, took me to the nearest beach so that I wouldn’t miss it. I took off my shoes and started
running towards the ocean as the sky was beginning to color. I quickly set up my towel on the
beach and sat down and waited. Then there it was in its pomp and marvel. I sat there in silent for
a hot minute. The concept of time seemingly escaping me as I embraced this moment, thinking of
my future in reference to my present not forgetting what the past has taught me. The lessons that
have shaped me and groomed me. That moment couldn’t possibly be described any better just
experienced. So try it one day. Go to Diani just to catch that sunrise, I dare you!

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