To My Grandkids,
Let's take a different route with this. Do you realize how amazing our universe is?
Since I'm on the road a lot, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts to keep me entertained. I found one channel that I LOVE, and they have been stretching my brain in every way possible. They talk about aliens, ghost stories, murders, the universe, our brains, and so much more. One thing that has had me really interested lately is how crazy our universe is.
Looking up into the starry night, you can see billions of stars, but there are billions and billions more that you can't even see, but are right in front of your eyes! They aren't all stars, they are also other galaxies, universes, planets, stars, black holes, and so much more that we don't even know of. Some of the stars you see might not even exist. Light has to travel millions of light years to reach our eyes, and by the time we can actually perceive the light, the star might be dead, and we are just seeing the last rays of its life. Same with the sun, the light we SEE is 8 years old.. 'Outer space' goes on for infinity- can you even fathom that? Our universe is ever expanding, and 'space' never stops. Past what we know, it's just infinite nothingness.
If you bring it back in to our planet, it is still just as crazy. Every single living organism on this planet is so intricately designed to fit into a grand system. Down to the tiny bee that pollinate flowers, to the largest whale that coasts deep under the sea. Think about the water cycle- The water that is collected in the sky eventually rains down, watering the plants, and the soil. The plants and soil then provide food to insects, animals, and humans. The water also helps trees grow, which gives off oxygen for living things to breath, and removes CO2 from the air. The water goes through many cycles, and eventually evaporates back up into the sky to start the cycle over again.
Even our bodies are AMAZING. The human body is a whole system that is unfathomably intricate. From the skin that protects your muscles, down to every microscopic neuron in you brain that fires a certain way to make you function as a whole. It's insane!
When you look at our fingerprints compared to the inside of a tree, or the palm of your hand compared to the spine of a leaf, you'll see how similar we really are to the things on this Earth. Every single thing on this planet is connected. The same creator that made the storms in the sky, the coral at the bottom of the ocean, the oxygen, also made us, our blood, and the whole universe. We are crafted with the same materials, from the same place, just sculpted differently. The neurons and atoms inside your brain are even connected with the galaxy a billion light years away. Can you imagine that?
There are so many things about our existence that is unknown. We don't even fully know what sits at the bottom of our oceans. The ocean that is ON OUR PLANET! We don't truly know where we came from, how we got here, or what we're doing here. We don't know if we are the only humans that exist out there. We don't even know why our bodies require sleep, or exactly why/how we dream.. We don't know if aliens really exist or not- I mean for all we know they could be walking among us and we don't even realize. We don't know what a black hole really is, or what's inside it. We don't know the effects of certain things in the human body. We don't know what happens when we die.
There are theories, religious beliefs, folk tales, rumors, blah blah blah- but nobody actually KNOWS 100% certain. Isn't that bizarre? I have my beliefs- and I am very passionate in what I believe, but you have to stay open minded because no matter how much we think we understand, or try to prove this or that-
nobody really KNOWS.
Existence is a mystery.
I hope you have a spark of wonder in your heart that makes you question this life.
Have an open mind, and decide for yourself what feels like the best answer. I hope you never mask that spark, but instead, you explore every corner of wonder you could possibly imagine. Stretch your mind, THINK about things on a deeper level, and only believe what you see and feel personally, not what you are told to believe.
This life is cRaZY, explore every possibility.
I might be out of my mind, but I think that's the point.
your crazy Granny J :)