When in came to our prompt of “Stars” today, the first thing that came to mind was simply the act of staring up into the sky. So this little dog appeared to illustrate the moment. As a kid, and still today, if I’m outside on a summer’s night, you’ll find me looking up to explore the stars. Living in the city, we don’t see very many stars in the sky. Just the big name constellations appear as the city’s lights continually compete with the celestial show. But when I visit my mother’s house, which is in a very small town in northern Texas, I’ll often stand outside for several minutes in the evening, just staring into the sky. There’s a world of stars that I never get to see, and it feels like I’m looking into a galaxy of light and possibility. Our universe is truly immense and immeasurable, and as much as we know, we are still learning new things each and every day. To me, this is fascinating. Staring into a sea of stars raises more questions than answers. And, it’s this very feeling that I adore! Could there be life elsewhere that mimics our own? Definitely! But, we as a species like to only entertain that which is specifically known to exist, and sometimes even question those facts. For me, I like to explore and imagine all types of possibilities.
I’ve always loved science fiction books because of the strange and yet weirdly true alternate realties they present. In the end, they are simply fiction, as nothing of the kind has exactly happened yet, but the imagining is a rather interesting thing. Philippe and I often have nerdy conversations about life and the world as we chat in the evening. We’re never interested in politics, as that’s a rather made-up, mundane, and ridiculous thing indeed, but we are both keenly interested in the actual happenings in the world. Those far more natural occurrences actually taking place all around us. I think the natural world is the most inspiring thing in my life. It’s the bit of life that gets me through all of the ridiculous bits we humans can often introduce into it. And though I do worry about how we’re treating our natural world, I still happily enjoy my place in it. My own place is just one of awe and respect for everything that makes a single day naturally happen. So many different subtle and amazing things have to occur to provide even a single day on this big little planet. For me, that’s rather incredible to consider.
Sometimes, just the simplest of actions can produce something rather awesome. I often find myself worrying over a new idea and wondering if it’s “new” enough to be worthy. And then, find myself wondering what “new” even means anymore in our culture. We’ve lived through so many new inventions and new technologies, that we are mostly less impressed these days. It’s less about finding the new, and more about finding the same, but somehow different in a way that inexplicably excites people. The very moment anyone has an idea, that idea is transmitted around the world and copycats show up in abundance, often without even understanding the original idea in the first place. So, they produce rather awkward copies. Though, it’s indeed an odd world we currently live in, I still think it’s a beautiful one. I’ve no idea where it’s all going to go, but I know that I’ll just keep moving along, one sketch at a time, still seeking to find my place in all of it. And, the moment I find myself a bit confused or wondering about things, I’ll take that little moment in the evening to consider a much bigger picture, that can only be found when staring into the stars.
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