It is easy to forget that we live in a world that is overwhelmingly dominated by material possessions and what seems like an endless stream of boasting and popularity contests. Though I was born in the early 90s, I remember when the society of today wasn’t as filled with technology and gadgets as complex and connected as what we have now. Social media has its many benefits, but as with everything that seems good, too much of a good thing can lead to a number of problems. By the end of our lives, a large portion of our time will have been spent being consumed by the many social technologies around us. What seems to bring us together can end up devolving into a cesspool of negative thoughts and emotions that can feel hard to shake off.
Life is repetitive and often times monotonous. It is easy to look towards the future and think about the things we wish to accomplish. However, achieving those goals requires a massive amount of effort that tends to leave us drained before they are complete. It sounds cliché, but no one ever said that our journey through the intricacies of life would be easy. Today was a rough day to say the least. It was filled with negative emotions and stress-filled occurrences. Even with how poorly the day had been going, as with every tunnel we travel through, there is always a light at the end.
My light happened to be the realization that we are but a molecule in the grand schematic that is the universe at large. Just an hour ago, as the harshness of life was boiling over within my mind, I took a moment to stop and think. I went for a walk around the neighborhood and though I was connected to my phone at first, their came a point when I realized the negative influence that technology was having upon my everyday life. It is at this point that I decided to put my phone away and focus on my external surroundings. Like aloe vera on a sunburn, slowly but surely I felt the negative feelings wash away.
Upon the conclusion of my walk, I stopped for a moment and looked up. What I experienced could only be described as a paradigm shift in the way I had been viewing the world. It felt as if the stars were calling my name, urging me to return to the natural life that we as human beings started off with long ago. Before technology, before the popularity, before the boasting, before the connectedness, before everything that is making the world what it is today.
I set my phone aside and observed the stars, and just as the world began, so it felt that I had returned. I came to the realization that the true creators of our life journey do not lie within the realms of technology or the progress of humanity. It lies within our beginning, within the realm of the heavens, within the transcendence that the universe brings to our lives, within the star dust that ultimately created us.
It is easy to become lost within the continuous loop that society traps us in. When we become ensnared by it, a good remedy is to remember where we all came from, an exploding star long ago. For it is true that we are all made of star dust, and it is always refreshing to pay tribute to where we came from. When life is bringing you down, the stars will bring you up. When it feels as if we are trapped within our misery, the stars will set us free. When negativity is consuming our lives, simply look up and remember that the planet earth is but a molecule in the endless expanse of space. Molecules make up our lives, and molecules make up the universe. The earth and our desires are but a small part of that painting, and day-by-day that painting grows ever more beautiful.