I never gave much thought to planets or the Universe when I was a kid until 4th Grade. My teacher just loved telling us the latest news on Voyager as it reached Saturn. He would show us pictures and talk about the Voyager Spacecraft. This led to other talks about landing on the moon and rockets etc etc.
As time has gone on over the years, the access to information about our Universe has increased due to the internet. Oh and also I got a degree in Engineering back in the 90’s. Followed by a music degree. So while watching videos and reading articles about our Universe, I could relate to scientists because I had to work with these types for a bit. I understood the basics of the math which is truly an extension of one’s own imagination.
Ok, but why is it so important to me???? I find it fascinating that the Universe is something way beyond our wildest imagination. In fact its wild imaginations which have helped us to uncover what its all about. There is no political ideology at work. A star located 10 million light years away does not care whether you are to the left or to the right. It was there before you existed and will continue to be there. Its as if our worries and expectations are absolutely nothing and quite insignificant.
And I find this be quite rewarding and fascinating. Its wonderful to know that we can talk about the Stars without worrying about anything except, “What’s out there?”.
I let the Universe be my guide because it represents a freedom unlike anything else. And the amount of curiosity it stirs in me keeps my hungry for more. And those pictures…..holy moly! Mother Nature can’t disappoint!