We Are All Travelers

Man raising his arms up and shouting 'to travel is to live', photo by Daria Rasmussen, Bliss&Stars.jpg

In H. C. Andersen's self-biography he said:

“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,

To gain all while you give,

To roam the roads of lands remote,

To travel is to live.”

And indeed, we are all travelers.

We tend to forget earth is a massive spaceship traveling through space. We do not notice our journey through cosmos since the ground covered stays unknown to our attention. We lack reference points to draw our attention to where we are heading. We often act as if we were hardcoded for repetition: the daily spin of the earth, the yearly roundtrip around the sun defining the passing of days and years.

If we don't pay attention repetition can turn the future into a mere reflection of the past. Repetition might lure us with its false sense of protection, but the price is often paid in a substantial devaluation of our understanding of time. Life can become like a market carrousel at excessive speed. If it spins too fast, everything becomes blurry.

We need reference points to know where we are. Often we can find this through traveling meeting new cultures and new settings. Sometimes it is enough merely to take a break and look up.

Take a look at this postcard from an old space traveler. When earth passes through the trail of an old comet, we get a chance to see what is commonly known as falling stars or meteors.

The trails of light are created when tiny specks of sand or dust enter the earth atmosphere. They are easily missed as they are gone as quick as they appear.

Travel, look up, be in the moment.

Geminid meteor shower framed between Milky Way and Magellanic Cloud, Photo by Heine Wieben Rasmussen, Bliss & Stars