The Dragonfly and Raven

The Dragonfly and Raven

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The World is Remarkable

I was on the trampoline with two kids that I was watching for some friends today, and I fully realized what Einstein was talking about with spacetime, and how gravity works. It hit me that some of the most remarkable things in this life are surprisingly simple. A trampoline tells us the secrets of space time. A ramp and a ball tell us laws of motion. An arrow fired from a bow, or a bullet from a gun tell us of gravity and aerodynamics.

The simple, everyday things in this world that we all take for granted are spectacular. As some of you sit and watch a game of baseball, and a pitch is given, and hit, you sitting in your home hear the crack of the bat before someone sitting in the high grandstands. That is amazing.

The light that everyone sees everyday is moving faster than anything can. It moves at the speed-limit of the universe, light speed. At this speed, time does not does not apply to the photons that are moving this fast. What this means is that a photon could travel from the Big Bang 13 billion years ago, and it would not notice the difference between that passage of time and the time it takes to read this sentence.

The world is full of remarkable things, things that I realized today we should pay more attention to. Not just me, but you too.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Between Two Worlds

I woke up today, and I realized that this is the end.
This life—the life I have known for the last seventeen years—
It's over.
It was a good show—so people say.
I did a good job.
I passed my classes,
I'm graduating, with honors.
But I can't help but look back from the top of the hill at my old life.
The life that will end tomorrow.
I can't help but feel nostalgic.
The entire experience colored by rose-tinted glasses.

I look back and I see all of the good times,
I see myself winning soccer games,
I see myself onstage—dressed in drag, and in suits,
I see myself singing my heart out in choir,
And I see myself becming friends with all of you.

I look back, and I see all of the struggles.
I see myself running for student government for the first time.
I see myself taking test after test, taking SATs and ACTs and applying for colleges.
I see myself cutting my head open and brusing my ribs.
I see myself stuggling with Pacifica,
And I see myself saying goodbye to all of you, my friends.

Who knows what the world has in store for us all?
I certainly don't.
I do know that life will go on—
It won't be like this one.
It will be different, but that's alright.
I know that it will be full of surprises,
And full of adventure,
And that it is up to us to seize the day.