I've Never Seen it BECAUSE I've Never Understood It
I am currently catching my breath. I ran upstairs to jot this down. As a writer, poet, visual thinker, what-have-you. I see the world as a dance of extreme emotion. Every breath that fills your belly, every grimace expression, every leaf that sways down to the ground looks in slow motion to me. I see the world and everything in it as beautiful. Hard to believe I'm sure with my in-person demeanor and presentation-- but true nonetheless. So seeing for me is understanding. I'm dissecting and analyzing everything I notice and I'm narrating it in my head to beat of the dance rhythm (I'm 100% serious). So right now I was standing outside my house in my backyard looking up at the sky. Something I have done more times than I can remember. If you think back at how many times you gazed upwards at the sky since childhood to now, the number would be outstanding. But tonight...tonight was different. The sky looks similar as it always has, but to me, it was entirely different. You guys, the details of what is really going on up there, of what we're really looking at when seeing tiny twinkling lights is not something I was ever properly educated on. And even when told, my curiosity escaped me and nothing really sunk in. The last 2 weeks I have been glued to the science channel learning about what seems like an entirely different world; and with all that new knowledge, I was looking up and brought to tears. Tears you guys! The vastness of the universe is hardly a concept our brains can wrap our heads around.
LET ME TRY TO GIVE YOU A VISUAL
Imagine you press down the tip of a pencil to a standard piece of paper to make a small dot. Now imagine that dot is our solar system. The solar system in diameter is approximately over 7 BILLION miles. So that dot is 7 billion miles, respectively. Now pretend the piece of paper is the galaxy. The dot is our solar system, the paper, our galaxy. How big is the galaxy? 100, 000 light years. 1 light years= 6 trillion miles. That means if you were to start traveling at the speed of light going from one side of our galaxy to the next, it would take you 100,000 years to get there. NOW get this. There are approximately 100 billion galaxies in our universe! And many galaxies are even bigger than ours. several times bigger, in fact. Can you even imagine that much space? Now picture this. IN BETWEEN each galaxy varies between a few MILLION light years. It's inconceivable. And the universe is only expanding.
So guys, look up at the sky, into space and time itself, and thank our lucky stars 😉 that we sit in perfect harmony in a reality surrounded by billions of massive energy clusters (stars), black holes, planets, moons, gasses, and daily explosions that travel billions of light years through space, and yet here we are.
Fun fact, by the time the light hits your eyes as you peer into the night sky focusing on a star, you're seeing that star as it was at the minimum 4 light years away! (unless you're looking at the sun, which is 93 million miles away).
I came to one main conclusion tonight, that I feel speaks for so many areas of my life. And that is.....
I never truly saw what I was looking at because I failed to understand it.
Write that down.
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