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Life Goes On

There’s only an impassible obstacle when you treat life as a finite canvas. You can choose to treat each obstacle as beatable. Or not. Your canvas is either something remarkable, or it isn’t. Regardless, life goes on.

Beyond the Stars

Halley’s Comet visits Earth every 75 to 76 years, a lifetime for some. It took until the Renaissance era for humans to figure out that comets weren’t just disturbances in Earth’s atmosphere, as thought by Aristotle, but periodic. Halley’s Comet was the first comet to be recognized as such.

Tycho Brahe first disproved the long held idea that comets were mere disturbances in 1577. Over 100 years later, Isaac Newton published Principia, in which he presented his laws of gravity and motion. Newton was never able to work comets into his model, despite suspecting it was one comet, not two, that appeared near the end of 1680 and in early 1681 – he was in fact right, as it was the same comet that had only passed the sun and reappeared.

Newton’s friend, editor, and publisher, Edmond Halley, used Newton’s laws of gravity and motion to calculate the gravitational effects of Jupiter and Saturn on cometary orbits in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets. After looking at records of a comet that had appeared in 1682 and determining that they were the same if not similar of records of a comet that appeared in 1531 and 1607, Halley concluded that all three comets were actually one and the same. Thus, Halley’s comet was born.

Or was it? In reality, it was actually just realized this late into humanity, but in fact, Haley’s comet had been visiting Earth on it’s regular, lonely path through the Cosmos since the dawn of time. In fact, records of the comet’s appearance go back to 240bc, long before the laws of gravity and motion were ever thought up. It took many thousands of years for humans to realize what the distant visitor was, but when Halley’s comet was finally named, nothing changed. Because life goes on.

Your life is a canvas. It’s finite, but only as finite and small as you make it. Once you accept this, though, the size or scope of your canvas shouldn’t be an obstacle, but fuel to your fire. It should make you want to create instead of following well-lit paths or traveling the road more traveled.

What you choose to put on your canvas is entirely up to you. But regardless, life will go on. You have today. Why not start there?

Life Goes On

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