I recently discovered this awesome blog on WordPress : 1000 Awesome Things (apparently it's a book too?)
It is where this really cool guy posts 1000 random awesome things in life. When I read it I found myself laughing as I agreed to every single one of them.
Now the second awesome thing is remembering how lucky we are to be here. It is one looooooong post so if you want to read the whole thing click on the link below. I'm just going to post the really interesting spacey bit I read about:
Let’s go on a field trip. Put your shoes on because we’re heading outside.
Take a bowling ball and drop it on the edge of your driveway. That’s
our Sun. Yeah, the ball is only eight inches across and the actual Sun
is eight hundred thousand miles across but that’s our
scale for this little brainwave. Okay, now walk down your street ten big
paces and drop a grain of salt on your neighbor’s lawn. That’s Mercury. Take nine more paces down the street and drop a peppercorn for Venus. And then take another seven paces, so you’re now two or three houses down the block, and toss down another peppercorn.
You got it.
That peppercorn is Earth.
Here we are, basking in the blazing sun, twenty-six big steps away
from the bowling ball. Our giant planet is just a tiny speck in the middle of nowhere but here’s the crazy part: It gets a whole lot bigger.
If you keep walking, Mars is only couple more houses away, but Jupiter ends up ninety-five big paces
down the street, out of the neighborhood, and halfway to the corner
store. By now a dog is probably slobbering in the bowling ball finger
holes and kids are flying by you on their bikes, slurping drippy popsicles,
and wondering what’s up with this nut tossing crumbs on the sidewalk,
acting out some demented suburban version of Hansel and Gretel.
If you want to finish up our solar system, you’re going to have to
start taking two- and three-hundred paces for the remaining planets,
eventually dropping a grain of salt for Pluto half a mile away from the bowling ball. You can’t see the bowling ball with binoculars and it’s getting cold out for your long walk home.
But here’s the crazier part: That’s just our solar system. That’s just our bunch of rocks flying around our big bright bowling ball star.
Turns out our big bright star and all its salt and peppercorns are racing around a cosmic race track with two hundred billion other big bright bowling ball stars. You’d have to cover the entire Earth with bowling balls eight thousand times to
represent the number of stars in our race track. Did we mention this
race track has a name? Yup, it’s called the Milky Way galaxy, presumably
because the scientists who first noticed it were all eating delicious Milky Way candy bars late that Friday night down at the telescopes.
So basically our bowling ball, salt, and peppercorns are flying in
the fast lane around a ridiculously giant race track galaxy called the
Milky Way with billions and billions of other bowling balls, salt
grains, and peppercorns, too.
But are you ready for the craziest part: That’s just our galaxy. Guess how many giant racetrack galaxies are in all of outer space? Oh, not many. Just more than we can possibly count. Honestly,
nobody knows how many galaxies are out there in the big blackness. All
we know is that every few years somebody stares out a little further and
finds millions more of them just shining way out in the void. We don’t
know how deep it goes because our rocket ships don’t blast off that far
and our thickest, fattest telescopes can’t see that far.
Now, all this space talk might make us feel small and insignificant,
but here’s the thing, here’s the big thing, here’s the biggest thing of
all: Of the millions of places we’ve ever seen it appears as though Earth is the only place that can support life.
The only place! Oh sure, there could be other life-giving planets we
haven’t seen yet, but the point is that Earth could easily have been a
clump of sulfur gas, be lying in darkness forever, or have a winter
that dips a couple hundred degrees and lasts twenty years like Uranus.
On this planet Earth, the only one in the giant dark blackness where anything can live, we ended up being humans.
~Extract from a post written by: Neil Pasricha. Web address: http://1000awesomethings.com/2012/04/18/2-remembering-how-lucky-we-are-to-be-here-right-now/~