I find it fascinating how the darkness of night time is commonly associated with an eerie, creepy feeling. Scary stories are told at night, and monsters and ghosts come out in the dark. People are often afraid of the dark due to fear of the unknown, and what lies beyond our sight. However, while reflecting on night, I really thought about the contrasting connotations that it can have. It is a time for wonder and possibility. Although it can be eerie at times, I feel a sense of comfort in the darkness of late hours.
While reflecting on this idea, I’ve come to realize that throughout my teenage years, some of my greatest memories have been made at night. During long, stressful days at school, I’d always look forward to weekend nights with my friends. There was always something special about playing field hockey games under the lights in the darkness. Even though everything else was exactly the same, the darkness seemed to bring us all closer, and rather than making us tired it’d lift our spirits even more. During the summer, nights are always the best. I love the feeling of sitting around a warm fire on cool nights, having conversations that become deeper the later it gets. In the spring during the pandemic, my friends would meet up, separated in our cars as the sunset, catching up on life and making plans for when life goes back to normal. We would stay for hours into the night, and looking into the stars of the night sky gave me a sense of reassurance and positivity. I was somehow reminded that even during the dark times, everything was going to be okay eventually. Thinking about these experiences has led me to develop a greater appreciation for night, and the memorable feelings the darkness can bring about.
Photos from field hockey games at night under the lights!