“Stardust and comets and whale tooth”

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At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”

In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing – not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.

Each baby, then, is a unique collision – a cocktail, a remix – of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.

When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding.

We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes – we have never been before and we will never be again.

Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again.

Caitlin Moran

 

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    This is such a beautiful post – so deep and so expansive! A wonderful description of our interconnectedness and oneness! ❤ Thank you for sharing this amazing post! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Anita! I felt the same way when I read it… You described it perfectly: it felt very interconnected and expansive! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  2. LindaP says:

    We are all created in our own uniqueness never to be replicated! Great post Amira.

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    1. So true… we are one of a kind, and every life is precious! ❤

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