Even though I decided a long time ago that I would not live to see my 30th birthday, I just had my 33rd birthday. So biologically, I’ve made it. Spiritually, I can’t say the same. I think my life ended at 29. It’s only now as I wake up to the wreckage that I’ve left in my wake that I have begun to notice. The lyrics from Champagne Supernova put it so well: “But you and I, we live and die. The world’s still spinning round – we don’t know why.”
Carl Sagan liked to talk about how we are all “star stuff.” I can’t imagine anything more amazing than being connected to the universe in such a tangible way. When I look into the night sky I see all that was and all that will ever be. I can’t imagine how radically different life after death could be. I think our brains are just not up to the task. Like the song says, we don’t even know why the world spins. I think some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide, in a champagne supernova in the sky.