A Speck in the Vast Universe

Today is not a good day for us. There are things that are still not perfect in this life, and while we are okay with it — today is the kind of day when depression decides to pay us a visit. It’s there, like a spectre sitting on my shoulder, it’s claws digging deep, slowly creeping in as I walk home and battle with thoughts and problems and regrets.

Today, while on Reddit, I realized just how inconsequential my tiny worries were compared to the grand scheme of things.


Above is the most high resolution photo of the Andromeda Galaxy, as captured by the Hubble Telescope

“The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbour. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disc. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And, there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disc.” (SOURCE: Astronomy Now)

For a more surreal (and spine-chilling) experience, travel the galaxy through this video

The video above served as a wake up call that we should not beat ourselves too much with life’s little worries. After all, when compared to the vastness of the universe, our troubles (and yes, our existence) was smaller than that of a speck of dust.

Hard as it maybe, we will try to look at the big picture. Focus on the positives. Focus on what’s important.

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