I have always loved both science and creativity. When I was growing up I wanted to be a rock star marine biologist. Then I went through a phase where I mistakenly thought I had to be either logical or creative. It was a stressful time when I tried to compartmentalize who I was with very little success. Thankfully, I learned pretty quickly not only could I be both but I am also happiest when I am analytical and creative at the same time. So if science isn’t your thing, and it’s okay if it’s not, the followng may not blow your mind like it did mine.
In December, scientists announced they had incorrectly estimated the number of stars in the universe and are now revising the total. The new number is 10x higher than previously thought. According to people who know what they are doing, the number of stars in the universe has been increased to 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
300 sextillion total stars.
So let’s say you could wrap your mind around even a fraction of this number, which truthfully I can’t – even if I empty my mind of everything else and squint while sort of vaguely looking out into the evening sky – mostly it just makes my head hurt and compels me to sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching The Big Bang Theory instead. If there is that much potential in the universe, that many unknowns, how can I feel my life, or your life or anyone’s life is constrained by a few small ideas? This is just the sort of thing I remind myself when I am feeling stuck. With 300 sextillion stars out there, it seems a little limiting for me to imagine we have it all figured out. Possibilities abound like the stars if we just open our minds to them.