A couple of seemingly random thoughts occur to me today. Please be patient, as we will shortly connect it all together. It’ll all make sense, you just wait and see.
Recently, I read an astronomy article discussing the new James Webb Space Telescope. Apparently, astronomers are now realizing that every star has planets. There are 100 billion stars in our galaxy and 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.
I dunno about you, but I am turning off my transmitter.
The word of the day is Hiraeth, a Welsh word for which there is no direct English translation. The University of Wales, Lampeter likens it to homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.
These two seemingly unrelated observations have a calming effect on my existential crisis. I am trapped in a mix of angst about the future and regret about the past. It can only be ameliorated with acceptance of the present. I’ve always heard it said that we need to live in the now, usually by people that have nothing to live for.
I hereby accept the wisdom of Grandpa Willie.
“If the shoe don’t fit … that ain’t your shoe”