Coming from an atheist, the universe is so incredibly barmy that I struggle daily to comprehend I am actually experiencing it. For an eternity I did not exist and then suddenly, I was born into consciousness. A flame ignited in the form of me, as it did you, and the universe became aware of itself furthermore.
Neil deGrasse Tyson once said:
We are not figuratively, but literally made of stardust
Isn’t it unbelievable? To think the death of a star produced increased complexity. Life that looks down at it’s own hands and realises it isn’t simply a matter of simple matter. Struggling to fathom that it can in fact observe itself. The more I think about it, the more I fail to comprehend it.
Today is the the second anniversary of my dads death. This was a huge shock at the time as his illness took hold in just three months, leaving very little time to come to terms with what was happening. The over-thinking, the regrets, the memories, the tears, all came after his passing. I was too busy before this ensuring we spent valuable time together.
For me as it is for many, it is all to easy to appreciate what we had when we no longer have it. My dad knew I loved him dearly, but it doesn’t half hit you when that love is no longer by your side.
Pair this with my appreciation for our nature, we are all made from the matter that makes up our universe. We are all stardust, bound together by incredibly complex systems that give us the opportunity to feel and to love, to appreciate and to learn. My dad was a star that took the form of a human being. A star that looked after me and kept me safe. Tucked me into bed as a child and taught me to be the man I have grown up to be. The universe literally looked out for me and sheltered me from danger, this incredible fact rivals any work of fiction.
I shouldn’t forget that we are all experiencing this, it is my turn to be that very universe looking out for my family and those that need looking out for. When you feel the world is against you, remember that the universe is looking out for you in the form of loved ones.