Earth is a planet composed of roughly 197 million square miles. It is partly inhabited by 7 billion humans. With that said, I have to admit that I really have a hard time wrapping my head around the purpose of human life and our presence on Earth.
Such a huge planet filled with billions of people can only mean an endless amount of ideas, dreams, and experiences that are meant to be shared, or maybe they are not? We have such a lack of awareness of how we got here and why. It really blows my mind, but even more so is the fact that we probably will never know the real truth.
My brain buzzes with thoughts all day long. Like a normal teenager, I stay up late every night. Around midnight or so, when all of the stress from the day doesn’t matter anymore and I find myself with nothing to do, I think. A lot.
Sometimes it’s about the little things like what I’m going to wear the next day or what new album comes out next week, but sometimes it’s the big stuff. The stuff that seems too big to even begin to digest often leaves me staring up at the ceiling and wondering, what in the world (literally) is going on?
With so many people to meet, things to see, and do, I often find myself almost worrying about if I am spending my time here productively. By productively, I’m not meaning making sure I’m studying for that math test. Actually, more so of the opposite. Doubts such as, “Why would I be concerned about a silly test when we are on a huge rock in the middle of space?” fill my mind. Sometimes this leads me to some serious soul searching.
It’s really hard for me to fully accept the fact that this, right here, is exactly what I am supposed to be doing at this exact moment in time. Equally, it proves to be just as hard to remind myself to be here in the now, especially when I’m really not sure what that “now” even is.
From the beginning of time, whenever that may be, Earth has been full of life. From plants to animals this planet is thriving with lifeforms. Looking at our current presence on Earth and imagining what it used to be, could be, and will be fascinates me regardless of the actual meaning of life or whatever big answer it is that we are all looking for. I think it’s important to stop, look around, and think about how significant (or not so significant) we actually are.
I know that we will never have all of the answers about humanity's role on Earth, however, I can make sure I appreciate the unknown and try to live life to what I believe and see as my fullest potential. With the time that I’m given here, I want to make sure to connect with as many people as possible, considering we all have no idea what is going on, we might as well make the best of it.