The universe is something that has always fascinated me, ever since I was a child I’ve eaten up information like a black hole (sorry, I won’t do that again). Not only is the cosmos full of interesting concepts to learn about, it’s also a good way to expand your mind and lose your sense of importance. This might seem like a bad thing to “lose your sense of importance”, it might even seem counterproductive in terms of keeping yourself alive if you look into it that deeply. But it isn’t, next time you’re outside at night (preferably alone) – stop. Look up at the sky, focus on the clear black and look at the stars. Each stars in bigger than we can possibly imagine yet appears to be as tiny as a grain of sand. These stars are many light years away from us, and each star is many light years away from all other stars. It’s a humbling thought, that we’re just one of 8 planets orbiting around a grain of sand.
Whenever I look up at the sky and stare at the stars and the moon it’s a therapeutic experience, I often lose my feelings of importance, that the stresses of work and home mean nothing – I gain a new perspective.
Here is the late Carl Sagan putting it in perspective: