We’re here and then we’re gone; Our lives but a stones throw against the water, a hop and skip across the fluidity of time before our momentum is lost and we break the surface to sink into its depths. I’ve heard people say when looking at a tombstone that it isn’t the birth or death dates that count, but the dash in between; this is our metaphorical hop and skip across the water. It’s the time that takes place between the moment the stone is thrown and the time that it ceases to skip.
Just like a stone skimming across the surface of the water, hopping up and down; So do our lives. We didn’t throw the stone; we are only the rock along for the ride.
Life is a series of uncontrollable actions and we can only control what is tangibly around us, which in the bigger picture isn’t much. We don’t get to determine where we came from, what hardships we will have to endure throughout life, and when our time finally comes to an end. All of these things are beyond our control; and for good reason.
The universe doesn’t exist to serve us and in my opinion it doesn’t serve any purpose whatsoever. It is here and we are just a consequence of its existence. The universe is sporadic, it creates the rules and is boundless by nature. It is an uncontrollable force, despite the fact that so many of us believe that it isn’t.
We are children of the stars, and to quote the late Carl Sagan,
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”
And thus we are all just walking and talking star-dust. We as cognizant human beings have the ability to control the things that we can tangibly effect; but the universe is apart of us, intertwined in our lives on a deeper level than most of us realize or even care to think about. This is why life is unpredictable.
I think we all need to take a step back and think about the world from a deeper perspective; Truly take in what the universe has blessed us with. The ability to be a walking, talking, living extremity of the universe itself. It gave us the opportunity to love, hate, and grow. It also blessed us with a beautiful planet, the true mother and father to us all, and in return we are killing it because of our own greed driven by our human egos. It gave us nature, the beauty around us that is nearly unfathomable to comprehend when really looking; and also the stars around us that continuously shine whether day or night.
We as humans are so caught up in our own lives, and I don’t excuse myself from this group. But there’s so much more to life than what we can perceive.
I bring this up because for all of us life can be so unpredictable at times., and it’s hard to cope with that fact. Life is just a series of peaks and valleys, paved roads and mountain trails that we have to learn to navigate. Fortunately some of us have people in our lives that share what we call wisdom, and that wisdom can help to mitigate some of the despair caused by life’s unpredictability; But it doesn’t matter how much wisdom you possess or how well prepared you are, the universe is always there to humble us.
Despite how hard any setback can be at the time, it serves a purpose in our lives if you are only willing to listen. Our lives aren’t supposed to be easy. If they were we would all be driving gold Ferrari’s and popping champagne corks every chance we could get. Our personal strifes are meant to teach us lessons, and humbleness I believe is the greatest of those traits that we can inherit; of course along with wisdom, intelligence, compassion, and love.
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, at some point life will throw you a curveball; and you aren’t always meant to hit a home run.
This is all part of the process of building our own personal character; our set of virtues that is the code we live by. And I hope life never leaves you so jaded that you forget the beauty that this world has to offer.
Be humble, and remember that no matter your stature in society, the past in which you were born into, or the life that you currently live; We all came from the same place, and one day we will all return to it.
Maybe that homeless man on the street isn’t so different from you after all. Maybe we are mostly all the same, just people wanting to be loved.