First and foremost, Happy Valentine's Day! I hope your day is filled with love and joy (and lots of chocolate!). I figured today would be a good day to talk about my one greatest and deepest love. I initially wrote this post for my lovely friend Kellie over at On the Brink of Something Beautiful for her February love series, and I'm sharing it with you all today.
Before I talk about my one greatest love, I would like to define what I think love is. On the most basic level, I believe love is a deep feeling of respect and caring. Love can evolve in other ways, whether it be with a significant other, friend, pet or family member, but all love is based off respect and caring.
With that in mind, my one true love is a little bit different than what most people may think. It is not something I can hold or hug, but I love it all the same. First, some pictures:
The cosmos are my one true love. It is a bit different, but space is the one thing that I know I will always love. Ever since I was young, I have been obsessed with space. When you look out at the night sky, you see that the world is so much more than just the city you're in or the country you live in. The expanses of the universe are right beyond reach, there for us to observe, admire, study, and for those who are really lucky, explore. The universe is the most beautiful, complex, and mysterious mistress anyone could ever ask for. It is filled with gorgeous galaxies, fantastic nebulae, and countless planets that could be brimming with life. Space is a never-ending, dynamic, amazing entity. Without the death of stars, we could never exists. It's such a beautiful and poetic thought, that humans and everything that is come from stardust.
I am always humbled when I see amazing images compiled by Hubble and other telescopes, like the ones I showed above. Our entire solar system is nothing compared to these majestic giants. The size of nebulae and galaxies are almost unfathomable, and that's still nothing compared to the scale of the always expanding universe.
I know my previous definition of love may not seem to coincide with my saying that my one true love is space, but I respect and care for the universe just as you respect and care for a person. It is not the same sort of care and respect, but it is there nonetheless. The cosmos are my one greatest love, and it always will be.