The universe is really freaking big… I want you to imagine for a moment, just how big it is…
No really take a moment here to just take in how ginormously big the universe really is…
Note: this is just one small section of the universe
Here is a great youtube video by Carl Sagan: The Pale Blue Dot
Feel small yet? I bet you probably don’t feel as small as you should, because we as humans can’t even grasp our minds around just how enormously huge it is. The universe is to us like a freeway is to an ant. The ant hasn’t the slightest clue what a car is, let alone the purpose of a damn freeway. That’s how we as humans feel for the most part about the universe, we have no idea what the purpose of it all is, and we probably won’t understand it completely, at least in this lifetime.
This doesn’t seem like a typical way to start out a post, making you feel small and insignificant. But it really is important to understand how damn special you are, considering you are a very rare occurrence in this universe, and the fact that you are alive and sitting here reading this right now is so extremely fantastic you have no idea!
But really, do you have any idea what the hell is actually going on? Like really? Do you even have the slightest clue as to what you are doing here, how the world works, and what you should actually be spending your precious time doing? Are you leading truly happy, meaningful, purposeful life, or are you just sort of, “going with the flow” and if that is your approach to life…hows that working out for you?
Hows that working out for you so far??
I haven’t a fucking clue what’s going on, what any of this is, what reality is, why we are here, what my role here is, or what is the big picture exactly. That’s why I enjoy writing actually, it gives me the chance to try to make sense of it all, to try to get my life finally on the right track… Because I am just another human being, living on this big blue planet we call Earth* that somehow glides through the universe on a set path around this giant sun that conveniently provides us with the perfect conditions for life to form. Science has come up with all these theories as to why humans are even here, and they love to make us feel like we are just a random occurrence with no actual reason to be here, and that we came from monkeys. Which is kind of a buzz kill if you ask me. I want to be special. I feel like we were made to do extraordinary things, and I believe deeply in the human race.
*(fun fact: We don’t even know how earth got its name)
But one thing seems certain, we are all on the same page here, we are all confused and just utterly lost, unaware of our reason for being here. We are all just wandering around this planet just completely stunned by all of it… We all try to make sense, but no two people can agree on how they see the world, which causes a lot of conflicts, confusion, and fights between man.
We really don’t understand anything… And yet we act as if we do. After all, we are always right, even when we are wrong. It’s called the Ego, and it’s in every single one of us, for some, it’s bigger than others. It’s that voice that wants to be heard, to be seen and admired by others. It wants to be recognized by others, as well as it tells us to go along with the crowd so that we don’t stand out too much. After all the Ego cares greatly about the approval of others. But I won’t get into the Ego right now.
So how can we make sense of all this? How can we even begin to understand what is going on, and what our place is here on this spinning planet? Well, the answer to that age old question always begins with yourself…
Are you ready for this? It is a pretty astounding question after all.
“Who are you?”
Have an answer yet? Don’t worry, take your time with this one, it isn’t something you really figure out after 20 mins. It takes time, and that’s the way it should be. We are incredible beings and we are very complex to understand.
As philosopher Socrates famously wrote: “know thyself”
Simple, yet immensely powerful words. Knowing yourself is the first and most important key in my opinion to understanding and living a life of greatness. Which is something that I personally have been working on for a good period of time now, and I have to say the journey has been absolutely amazing, to say the least. By getting to know myself, I, in turn, am able to better understand myself (obviously) and the way I think, as well as others, which help me form much better relationships with them, leading a more rich and fulfilling life because of it.
Knowing yourself is really the first step if you want to do amazing things during your time here on earth. It would be silly to live your life and not get to know yourself and there really isn’t an excuse good enough in my eyes for not spending some time each and every single day figuring out who the fuck you really are. Sorry for the language, but it is my blog and I can do whatever I like (I think)
How much time each day do you set aside just to be alone with yourself?
No distractions, no Netflix or Facebook, just you, alone with yourself…
Sure it can be hard at first, and even a little scary because we are in a world that is designed to keep you distracted. They don’t want you to get to know yourself because that is when you start realizing that things aren’t the way they should be, and you understand what you need to do to live a better life. The veil starts to lift and you start to see things for the way they actually are. So yes it can be scary and hard to do at first, but trust me when I say the reward you get for knowing yourself outweighs any amount of discomfort you may feel.
Where do you begin? Well I will explain it with a quote from one of my favorite books “Conversations with God” where he writes:
“Begin by being still. Quiet the outer world, so that the inner world might bring you sight. This insight is what you seek, yet you cannot have it while you are so deeply concerned with your outer reality. Seek, therefore, to go within, come from within as you deal with the outside world.”
“If you do not go within, you go without.”
It’s never too late to start, but the sooner you start this journey to knowing yourself the better, so go now and start asking yourself questions! Find out what really makes you, YOU!!
Go now and start figuring it out for yourself, but remember this isn’t a race,
after all, “greatness takes time!”