Ace of Spades has a weekly astronomy post, and this week looks at the reason to look up.
Consider this: the stars you see at night are almost exactly
identical to what your parents, grandparents, etc could see. Perhaps the
light pollution has blotted out a few, but from a darker site, it's the
same. Christmas hasn't exactly been the same for me since the death of
my grandmother a few years back. She would occasionally go outside her
house in the country, drink in hand, and look up. Knowing my interest in
astronomy as a child, she asked me a question I haven't thought about
for some time: "do you ever just look up and appreciate it for what it
is? I do."
It brought me comfort, looking up in the sky on a clear night last
week, that the sky above me is the same as it was when she asked me. It
felt like that was a moment frozen in time, and I was experiencing that
all over again, but with a greater appreciation that I could have ever
possessed twenty years ago. Perhaps there's a loved one no longer
physically with you. Go outside on a clear night this week, and do what I
did: look up and appreciate it for what it is.