I was about five years old the first time I was able to gaze at what we know as the night sky. To me it was a sight to behold. Never before had I seen something so beautiful. It was as if there were millions of bright white Christmas lights lighting up the night sky. I didn’t know what they were so as any five year old would do I asked my mother.
“Mommy, why are there Christmas lights in the sky?” I remember asking.
“They aren’t Christmas lights,” my mother replied with a little chuckle.
“They are stars.”
“What are s…t…s…stars?”
“It’s simple. Stars are the hopes, the dreams, and the wishes of everyone on Earth. They serve as a constant reminder that if we truly believe than anything is possible. Go ahead and make a wish."
I looked at my mother for a couple seconds and then proceeded to close my eyes. I thought about what I wanted and once I figured it out I made my wish. I then opened my eyes.
“There,” I said.
“Look up. Your wish just appeared.”
Without hesitation I looked up and being that I still had my innocence of childhood and not knowing how things truly worked, I picked the first star I saw and called it my very own. As I pointed to my star my mother drew me close, hugged me, and gave me a kiss. Afterwards we went inside and I got ready for bed. I fell asleep looking through my window staring at my star.
From then on, every time I got the chance, I would go outside at night with a blanket and lay on the grass gazing up at all the hopes, the dreams, and wishes. The older I got the more I was able to see. We eventually moved to the countryside where there was little to no light pollution. The view was…breathtaking. Never was I able to see so many stars before. By now I was much older so I could make out the spiral arms of the Milkyway Galaxy as I had learned in many of my science classes.
It was looking up at night sky that I truly fell in love for the first time. With love comes the desire to explore. You explore what (or who) you love so that you may connect with it on a deeper level. There’s always something new to learn; you never stop learning. The more you learn the closer you become. Eventually, you both become one. Each night I can feel my soul becoming one with the stars.
As Carl Sagan once said, “We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.”