If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new “Cosmos” with Astrophysicist Neil DeGrass Tyson, you are doing yourself a disservice.
You might be familiar with the title, as world-renowned physicist Carl Sagan brought us the prequel, of sorts, to this series and it, at the time, opened the eyes of un-counted numbers of future scientists, artists, and curious agents all over the globe.
This time, we have the technology to delve deeper into the universe itself, and combining that with modern graphic interfaces, we get a view of the “cosmos” unlike that which we’ve ever seen before. The greatest contribution I can imagine from this series, much like its predecessor, is that it will open doors to new worlds for otherwise disinterested kids along the way. At least that’s my hope.
The point of all this is simple: when we take a step back and realize exactly what scale the universe operates on, in regard to both time AND space, it becomes obvious that we are but insignificant specs in an unimaginably vast expanse – an expanse no human can ever expect to fully experience. Further, it brings home something very, very important: Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out alive.
Write that down!!
I’m sure you’ve heard that one before, but it holds true, 100%. The next time you get caught up in your daily to-dos, you get stressed out, and you feeling like giving in, possibly fibbing your diet or exercise, realize there are much greater problems all over the world and, to boot, the UNIVERSE….I find this perspective keeps me level more times than not.
I know, I know: “But Shelby, if I don’t matter on a grand scale, why should I try to better myself in the first place?”.
Because, you shouldn’t take your life too seriously, but you SHOULD realize it’s your life, and you only get one. You might only get the opportunity to make an impact on a small portion of the population in this great expanse, but that impact still counts – it’s the only thing we can ever hope to make us more than mortal.
Have a great day!