So it’s one of those days when I wanted to take some time out to rediscover the wonder of the universe and check out what is on NASA’s APOD website, but it seems to be down thanks to the shutdown. I grabbed my laptop to sit on a bench outside, because the weather was supposed to be improving at night nowadays, but I was disappointed to discover it is quite humid (Not humid enough for me to go back inside). Maybe the fresh air would do me good.
The hot humid fresh air.
So a lot has been on my mind lately. I’ve been thinking a lot about stability (not that of solutions of differential equations) but stability in life in general. How, sometimes you think you’re settled somewhere and then something happens outside your control and throws you into confusion. But that’s sometimes necessary because staying in a state of equilibrium always encourages one to be complacent. Yet when you are thrown into disarray, it could actually jolt you into action, and you might start exploring opportunities that would never have crossed your path had you not been thrown out in the rain with a useless umbrella that has overturned ribs. But the important thing is you need to stop staring at the closed door, and actually make a move out of the yard in search of these opportunities.
Of course that is so easy to say in theory. In practice, it actually takes some time and effort to draw one away from that closed door and get them to move.
Then there was the Westgate incident that has been giving me nightmares literally. The last time I was in Kenya, I was in Mombasa’s City Mall with my cousins, and imagining the horror of what those people had gone through listening to gunshots and explosions while they shopped for groceries and had their favorite frozen yogurt makes me shudder. I guess this sort of news is always harder when it hits closer to home. After Westgate, a college in Nigeria was attacked and students were shot dead as they slept. It makes me wonder what sort of world are children being brought into. There’s evil and danger lurking everywhere, not just at warfronts anymore, but inside homes, schools, malls…
So maybe it’s better to escape sometimes and rediscover the wonder of the universe. It doesn’t really matter if you’re looking at the colorful images of nebulas, a bright moon gracing a darkened sky, or simply the breathtaking scene of stars filling your vision when KPLC decides it’s time for a power outage. All these things teach you one thing; “Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”