“Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”–Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan, renowned scientist, atheist, and all around cool guy, once described the earth as a mote of dust floating in a sunbeam–which, admittedly, is true. Factual, even. His writings and productions often state the insignificance of our presence in the greater universe, while still inspiring awe at all the possibilities present therein.
That got me to thinking.
There are so many majestic things to witness in this world, so many profound thoughts to consider, so vast a universe to explore, sometimes it is hard to feel significant. Harder still to take in all the possibilities–all the things that you could achieve but haven’t yet.
It’s overwhelming. Perhaps, even terrifying.
You’re standing on a place that is no more than a mote of dust floating in an infinite void, gazing out into a black abyss. Life, in all it’s varied meanings and manifestations, is almost unspeakably trivial in the grand scheme of things.
But. At the same time, this abyss is filled with endless possibility and wonder. There is so much to say, and do, and explore. Do not be paralyzed with this expanse of choices: the innumerable stars in the sky.
Instead, ride the wave of awe that rises within you.
The more possibilities there are, the more likely you are to succeed at something. The more “unknown” there is to investigate, the greater chance you’ll have of stumbling across something amazing. Do not fear your own potential. There is always room for greatness.
You will feel humble looking out into the universe, but you should never feel small.