Thoughtful Thursday: Nighttime


The Magnet Tribune: Zoe Alvarez

Zoe Alvarez , Thoughtful Thursday columnist

The sun sets behind the horizon leaving the sky with the darkness of the night; the world changes.

When I see the stars and the glow of the moonlight, I see the time of the lights. The city lights illuminate the night sky. Old convenience stores and gas stations emit their neon glow. The light post stands outside my window shining its warm light on the empty street.

Nighttime is a whole other world. The neighborhoods sleep but the city stays awake. The night is filled with the sound humming of the cars passing by. The traffic lights stand alone on the abandoned lonely streets as they glow with green, yellow, or red hues. The animals of the night wander the streets. Light posts line up the streets. I love the nighttime world.

When I take cruises with my parents, I live to see the world at night. I see my hometown with its old meat market stores glowing with its “we’re open” signs. I see the faint glow of the city as we pass on the highway. Food trucks illuminate the corners they’re parked in with their neon signs. Small businesses shine their old faded department store lights. Snack shacks play their music and display their colorful flashing signs. The moon stands out in the night sky. Nighttime is one of the reasons why I love my hometown so much.

I always love these kinds of nights. I stand outside in the warm night as a light breeze blows through my hair. I feel at peace. I find an attraction like no other to the aesthetics produced by the night. I have always had a great love for the nighttime scene. Its isolation and glow an aspect that I observe every night.

Though thought by many as depressing and terrifying, the nighttime is a time where you can discover yourself. Lying in bed in the dark, wandering the streets, and cruising through town at night are a few ways one can discover themselves. Take in the beauty of the night. The setting of the sun isn’t a sign of defeat, it’s a sign of the beginning of the new world of the night.


Song for today: Somebody Else by The 1975