Trying to think of what I wanted to speak about in the run up to one of the most hyped-up romantic days of the year, Valentine’s Day, has been a bit of a brainstorming process to me. I knew that there where many topics which I wanted to explore on the topic of ‘love’. Love can come in so many shapes and forms.
For me, I have grown a love for my city of London and love my hometown like an old friend. I have nurtured love in relationships with my family and friends. I have been challenged by love in an long distance relationship and continue to learn how to develop my love in a long term relationship, whilst watching how that same love changes and develops over time. I have love for places I have never been before, people I have never met. I have love for my passions and dreams, a love that I have to endlessly believe in even when it isn’t yet something I can grasp. I have an everlasting love with fashion and clothes, one that is far from frivolous.
But over time I have learned of a love that we all often take for granted. And each time I am reminded of this love, it makes me super grateful for everything I have in my life, compassionate for myself and all people around me and hyper aware of how anything and everything is possible. That is my love for this planet we call Earth, and all it’s inhabitants. Once we develop this love, we become compassionate for every creature and human that lives and thrives across countries and continents. We become grateful for all the opportunities and small chances that we have on this earth, simply from being born as a human.
So as I deliberated between what to write here, from how to give yourself some self love to a Letter To Me, From Me (both of which I still might do if you are interested?), I stumbled upon this inspiring quote from the good old Facebook ‘On This Day’ throwbacks and felt like it’s message couldn’t be more appropriate for today’s society. I forgot where I found the original source of the quote, but just know that it was written by Carl Sagan: an American astronomer and author. It touched something within me now as much as it did then. So as you read, think to yourself, what will you do with yourself today, knowing that you have been given the most privileged form of life known to ever exist? What will you create? Who will you help?
“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
P.S I found these Chloe frayed jeans in the sale that are GORGEOUS and I had to share them with you! I just bought them myself and can’t wait to wear them.
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