Have you ever stopped to wonder what lies beyond the midnight sky? Have you ever thought hard about the unknown of outer space? Or about infinity?
There’s no doubt that space is something that many choose to ignore. It’s far too complicated to question, and far too obscure to even attempt to understand. But let me tell you, I’ve had some very deep thoughts about the universe… and what I’ve come to realise, is that it’s a very terrifying thing.
I often find myself confused about the literal meaning of life (I know, I know, I just got really deep and I’m totally aware that I’m very odd), but I ask you to think about this for just a second while I attempt to put things into perspective for you.
I want you to imagine a bubble.
Inside of that bubble, there’s you – and outside of that bubble, there is nothing but the vastness of the unknown. Riding along in your bubble are billions of little creatures which continue to slowly eat away at your only being. They are insignificant to your livelihood, but you are very significant to theirs.
As you’re spinning around the darkness with no control of your direction, no idea of your whereabouts and no telling what is going to happen next, you begin to feel trivial to the great number of creatures that have decided to call you their home.
And instead of their lives being solely dependent on you, your life slowly starts to become dependent on them. The billions of little creatures are completely oblivious to the scale of mystery that surrounds them.. and surrounds you. You and your bubble could potentially pop at any second, and there’s, unfortunately, no way of knowing when.
You are Earth.
You get it right?
This earth we call home is submerged in something that has no beginning, no middle and no end. It’s something that is completely unthinkable and inconceivable to the minds of the human race. But somehow we’re here, on a planet that has been orbiting for billions of years and now our existence relies on its survival.
We are all well aware that earth is very very very big; so big that it’s basically impossible to see every little piece of it before our time is up. So when you look out into the midnight sky, with the moon and the stars shining back at you, remember that life is a journey of an unimaginable scale… and there’s absolutely no controlling it.
We’re stuck on this tiny planet with hardships and responsibilities that often seem too big to handle. But as you look into the darkness of the sky, I want you to think about all of the problems that trouble your mind. And I want you to ask yourself… Are they really that big?
You were born here, you were forced into a life with a routine that had already been created for you – Your parents look after you, you go to school, you get a job, you procreate, you retire and you die (Sorry to sound morbid… but it’s the truth). With a few adjustments to this routine of life on earth, we each end up becoming incredibly stressed about things that are actually entirely irrelevant.
Here on this planet, we have the ability to see around 10,000 stars through our naked eyes. But in reality, there are a septillion stars spread throughout 100 billion galaxies that we will never have the ability to see. To put that into perspective, that’s a number of 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Crazy right?
Those tiny shining dots are actually raging balls of gas over 4 light years away (or 9.5 trillion kilometres). So to sum things up, we are an extremely small portion of the universe, and even more insignificant in comparison to its scale.
We are essentially on a planet that is stranded in something that has no solid definition – there are conspiracies and ideas of what lies within the cosmos, but no one really knows. Strangely enough, our concerns here on earth most commonly lie around our weight and our burning financial income…
Sure, they may seem important in maintaining a successful future, but these are just aspects that our evolving society hhasinflicted upon us; we’ve essentially taught ourselves to worry about them. Ironic huh?
So instead of stressing about all of the superficial aspects of your life, you should definitely eat all the doughnuts, cake and chocolate… Spend your money on things you love and enjoy this very strange planet we’ve somehow inhabited – After all, we have absolutely no idea why it’s here, so you may as well embrace it!
I’m going to leave you with this:
The human race could be entirely diminished before we’ve come to grasp the concept of outer space. The sun could spit us to the other side of the solar system and all of our worries would no longer have a purpose. We essentially have no idea what the universe is, why its existence has graced us, or how it has come to be how it is today.
So this is what I want you to do…
Forget about your minor worries, and be open to the idea that this is a very strange journey that you will never understand. Don’t waste it with concerns that perish against the scale of the unknown.
Let your mind be open to the experience. It’s a beautiful, extraordinary and completely terrifying thing.
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I want to know your perception of outer space – Does it scare you? Or does it bringing your comfort?
Tell me in the comments below!
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