13 billion years ago, not long after the theoretical rise of the universe, there shone a bright star. In fact, the intensity of its brightness was ten thousand times more than that of the sun. And ultimately, it was its own passionate glow that served the star its short lived life.
Collapsing in on itself, this luminous star resulted in a cosmic explosion so large, that its blast had shone with the light of ten million-billion earth suns.
This phenomenon can be seen to be somewhat relative to the human existence, as it has been famously quoted by many; “Only the good die young.”
Those that are full of life, full of vivacity, appear, by observation, to be inclined to an earlier passing; leaving far too many dead people, living. To name just a handful – Anne Frank, Wolfgang Mozart, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Martin Luther King – each of them, in their own way, an inspiration to millions.
A look at ourselves: We have but one chance to accomplish our goals, to fulfil our beliefs, to leave a mark. But to many, this will mean nothing. We choose to live in fear – shielding ourselves, to the extent of denying life, of what it should be. Yes, in our day, the world is a terrifying place, but what is the worth of life, if it is not lived? Throughout existence, seek freedom, knowledge and companionship. Throughout death, be sure to have left for your companions - a sense of liberation, anecdotes of wisdom and aching hearts – for sometimes, it can feel as though all you have left of a person, is the pain of losing them.
A look at those around us: Although many can be reluctant to do so, it is in the human nature to respond to conviction, with an investment – from the greatly common ‘get rich quick’ systems, with the investing of money, to individual relationships, in which we invest our trust; our love. It is for this reason, that there is no pain greater, than that of losing a loved one. It can feel as though a part of us also dies, with the death of a companion. Yet, this is not at all the case. Be it through remembrance, pain, or knowledge, that bond you have with another, can never be taken.
Today, if we look up at the night sky, not far from Polaris, the North Star, we see a small red glow sitting just by the constellation, Leo. Although the cosmic explosion – which was viewed by many, back in April 2009 – lasted a mere ten seconds, the afterglow of this dying star remains.
|"Only the good die young." - Oliver Herford|
Not a single soul can leave completely, for the moments we spend with those dearest to us, are preserved by our minds; sheltered by our hearts. Although they may not shine as brightly, that wistful, adoring and heart-aching afterglow will undoubtedly endure.
For four uncles, three aunts, two grandparents, a brother and a father.
- T -