Take a moment right now and look up. Look out a window. Look up at the sky.

Whether or not it’s night or day, cloudy or clear skied, take a second to appreciate what lies beyond our planet’s atmosphere. Pause to think about how directly the sky connects us to the massive universe beyond this earth.

Image: Tent beside a lake lit up at night with a hiker looking up at the sky

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All that stands between us and the rest of our galaxy is the relatively thin barrier of our Earth’s atmosphere.

So, what kind of perspective can this kind of thinking give us? What can looking up, particularly on a clear night, do to frame our humanity?

Stars are a funny thing, we often forget to take time and appreciate them. If we live in the country, they easily become commonplace, and in the city, they are barely visible at all. In either case, we so often forget to look up and reconnect with our place in the universe.

Today, we take a moment to appreciate the sky above us. Join us as The New Yorker takes us on a journey to an unexpected place, New York City, to do some star gazing and think about the role stargazing, urban or otherwise, can play in resetting our perspectives.

The importance of looking up…

So often, the things we see every day are the things we forget to appreciate. Moreover, they are the things that, when studied, can shift us at our core.

The night sky is one of our greatest overlooked treasures. It is accessible to all, and yet so few of us understand or know the significance of its features.

Here is my challenge to you this evening. Go, look outside. Whether you are in a city and can barely see a single star, or in the country and gazing up at the milky way, Take a moment to appreciate you what you are looking at. There, right before your eyes, is a testament to the limitless potential lying beyond this earth, our connection to something greater than ourselves, a massive, unexplored frontier. Each of us has the power to appreciate our place in the universe, simply by looking up.

Let your mind wander in the possibility and the unknown. Let your eyes gaze on skies that inspired our ancestors and continue to inspire us today. The stars are not just a connection to the worlds beyond, they are our connection to the rest of humanity past and present.

A reminder that it’s still an amazing world is as simple as looking up!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. “On Light Pollution: The End of Darkness | The New Yorker.” Youtube. The New Yorker, 18 Aug. 2016. Web. 28 Sept. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-FK5Qejs1Y>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV