Ryan Donnelly's Blog

A Cold Rainy Night

Capturing a feeling, a moment in time where things feel perfect is hard to do, especially on paper, or in this case screen. Tonight I took my little pug Napoleon out for a walk. By all normal explanation it was miserable outside. Cold, rainy, bone-chilling wind, but as I walked in the gloomy darkness I searched deeper.

I have learned a lot from my addiction to drugs and alcohol. Most of the things I did while using I am not proud of but in the long run they were necessary for me. I would do anything to have these “necessary” actions not hurt those from my past but some of the things did. That being said, they were necessary for me to grow as a man, a human. As I walked through the gloomy, dark, cold night, a sense of euphoria came over me. Napoleon and I stopped on the sidewalk and I turned and looked around me. It was beautiful in every sense of the word. Under the street lamp, the wind was howling at me, almost singing, and the cold rain splashing on my face was a nice feeling of being alive. I know I speak about what’s really important in life and that the outside appearance of things may seem bleak, but the truth of the matter is that every experience here is beautiful. You just have to be open to understanding it. My hardships have taught me what life can be just as the dark misty night can wake you up to the beauty that is life. Go outside and feel the air, take a deep breath, let life say hello. There is beauty all around us. You just have to be open to it.

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