I woke up to the pounding headache that refused to lay off. I was kept on the brink of consciousness throughout the night and only knowing I was asleep because of the strange repetitiveness of my dream (I think I kept checking the same post on Instagram?). The red lights of my alarm clock flashed: 6:02. I hadn’t been awake this early since school was still going on. I missed the mornings, and maybe even school.
I brushed open the curtains, my eyes squinting because of the brightness. It took me a few moments to adjust, but I finally saw it. In that moment I only remembered the wide open possibilities I had when I was a kid. The millions of choices that were mine to make.
The sunrise was here, and just one word stuck in my mind: forever.