There are 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the universe. The universe itself existed for hundreds of millions of lifetimes before you were born. Most of the mass of your body is made of stardust from stars that exploded billions of years ago. Your parents could have had a quadrillion different children instead of you based just on the way their chromosomes could have come combined. So in your family you are a freak event and each of your parents were just as unlikely and so were your grandparents and so on. The odds of five thousand generations of humans producing you are so incredibly small we can’t even begin to imagine it. We are are unimaginably lucky to be alive in an unimaginable blink of time’s eye in an unimaginably small corner of an immense universe.
Don’t Throw It Away
I bring all that up because so much of what think about, stress about, get upset about, fight and argue about (like the elections we just went through), is just a colossal waste of time. Your life is a colossal gift. You should be cherishing every precious moment because faster than you know it, it is going to be gone. Every moment that is gone is one that you will never get back ever. It’s real easy to say things like this, but it is pretty hard to keep it in mind as we go about our daily routines. Perhaps we ponder on it more often.
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