Time is relative. Sometimes we feel it as if it passes too quickly, sometimes excruciatingly slow. It all narrows down to the way we perceive it at the moment.
So, one night I was lying in bed ready to fall asleep while watching some TV. I checked the time; it was about 11 p.m. I closed my eyes, I felt my body relaxing and I was sure I would fall asleep in 5 minutes. My mind was empty of any thoughts, I was pretty tired and I happily embraced the coziness of my covers. All was good, only I couldn’t rest. I shifted from one side to the other, I tried the counting method and when I got to 200 I got bored. I also counted backward. Needless to say, it didn’t work.
I checked the time again and it was half-past midnight. To me, it felt as if not even 15 minutes had passed. I didn’t know what to do. Knowing that the next day’s schedule was pretty busy, I just wanted to fall asleep. This sent a flash of anxiety down my spine and made me get out of bed. I unlocked the door and went outside.
It was a warm night with a clear sky and, as I looked up at all those twinkling doth sending light-years away of light and knowledge, I imagined different worlds with so many colors and landscapes. Worlds waiting to be explored, worlds dying in blastful explosions, worlds newly born and ready to recreate themselves. How little do we know about what’s out there!
The view was marvelous, but there is more to them than piercing the darkness with their light. Each star has countless stories to tell, stories we may never know. And, like the people around us, many will fade away without us even knowing that they existed.
If there are other life forms, do we appear to them as just a simple shiny dot in the sky?