“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Everything in this planet was and is made from stars. If every single living thing came and continues to come from stardust, then I understand the whole entity that lives on this planet. Every human comes together in a collective range of living.

Some people may suffer more, some people may be more fortunate but almost everyone feels the huge range of emotions. Some may feel pleasure more than others but almost everyone will feel it in their lives. Others struggle for basic needs, while others struggle to make their vision reality on their path to self-actualization.

When you envision the stardust and human livelihood as a collective whole, then there is a clear respect for all people that feel that wide range of emotions. All pain, pleasure, suffering, redemption, and all other feelings are under this collective journey that all humans have to share.

The journey and situation may be different but we’re all the same stardust. Every belief, every action, every word of honor came from this stardust.

It is what keeps me absolutely calm and focused in the face of pain, in the face of frustration, and in the face of constructive feedback. It is what keeps me absolutely calm and focused in the face of pleasure, in the face of success, and in the face of curiosity.

The calm wave of knowing everyone looks at the same sky is relieving. All of my emotions can be resonated with on some level.

That is why I jump into randomness, awkwardness, and honesty.

I’m certain everyone else has felt it before. The only difference is that I am leaning into it.

If you know that you’re one little speck of stardust in the whole entity, then it becomes really enjoyable to be a part of the human experience. It helps me take more risks by accepting the human experience.

Approaching people gives me that rush of connection and allows me to know that everyone is representing humanity as best as they can, as imperfect as humans can be. That is the joy of reaching out to anyone open to chat and enjoy the connection, however long it lasts because on a long enough time-frame we’re all just stardust.

[This post was inspired by one of my favorite novels, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.]