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Saturday, October 13, 2012

We should look at the stars more often.

Everyone should. As often as they can--lie down on their backs, even if it's on their uncomfortable pavement driveways, and just stare at the sky. And the cold is nipping at your bones and the chilly breeze keeps washing over you, making noises like the ocean. And the lights from house windows are lighting up and then going out silently, like fireflies. Maybe there's even a freight train roaring off in the distance, barely audible.

There's no feeling like there is on that perfect night spent looking up at the stars. When you realize that our planet is just a tiny speck of dust floating around in space. And you're okay with that, for some reason.

There really is nothing like it.


Gina Gao said...

I totally agree with you on this post! It's really amazing how we're only a small part in this universe.


Gabi said...

I like this.
I am a country person who lives in a big city, so light pollution drowns out the stars a lot.
I really appreciate them when I get to be outside of the city.

Boyd said...

I love driving through the country at night, particularly as a passenger, and gazing out the windows at the stars. I get freaked out sometimes -- as I'm wont to do when presented with objects of unimaginable scale -- but the sheer beauty of them makes up for it.

When I get home from friends' houses at night, and the stars are out, I'll just stand in my yard for a while and stare upwards. Then, of course, a deer or opossum will move and make me think wolves are in my backyard and I'll have to run into the house as fast as possible, but for a while it's just amazing.

Bookish.Spazz said...

I used to get headaches whenever I thought about the scale of the universe. Panicked headaches.

But the beauty is calming to me now.

Furree Katt said...

(This is a belated confession) I have fallen in love with you