Today I was packing some things up for the big move to California. I was looking through some old boxes of high school artwork, college transcript stuff, and Survivor souvenirs (no immunity necklaces I’m afraid).
I came across an old map I had kept from a National Geographic. It showed the elevation of the ocean floor with all the big ridges and mountain ranges that cut across the seabed for miles. It resembled a big blue alien world; endless expanses riddled with various landforms, valleys, cliffs, plains- all hidden beneath a giant mass of cold and swirling sea. Off the coast of Yap, one of the islands I had the pleasure of visiting, is an extremely deep trench that cascades about 10.000 feet downward. To think that a few miles offshore from that sandy beach is a vast gaping black hole under the crystal blue,.. is both amazing and terrifying.
The world we live in is unfathomable and exquisite. Sometimes we forget that. We put our lives in little boxes as we go back and forth from our work to our home, not realizing how quickly we may be shutting ourselves in.
It’s important to have an imagination and retain a healthy sense of wonder about the world. It’s all just too beautiful to ignore.