Stars < Exoplanets < Trees < Humans

Albert EinsteinBeen riding on the bus everyday to work for quite a while and I just realized how steadily trees grow. The same Acacia confusa that I looked at from the upper deck of the double-decker bus was only 3 meters tall last year and is 4.5 meters this year (slightly more than the height of our bus). Acacia confusa grow much faster than regular trees but their lifespan is also much shorter, typically 30 years. That is unlike Cinnamomum camphora that grow slowly but can live up to 1000 years, 11 times the lifespan of humans. A tree could’ve witnessed the reign of Macbeth and currently still cast a protective shadow over the Scots. But even trees are dwarfed by exoplanets and stars that have existed for however many billions of years. This proves how minuscule we are.

Cinnamomum camphoraLast Friday, I attended a technical seminar on virtual reality collaboration for engineering. The subject matter is irrelevant. But what is relevant is the quote of the entrepreneur speaker. He said that we can only live once, so why not do something worthwhile within those 90 years? That was when I once again realized that time is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if my life lasts 1000 years when it’s a meaningless one. But it’ll mean something when I can create a positive impact to multiple humans or planets within 90 years.



2 thoughts on “Stars < Exoplanets < Trees < Humans

  1. thanks for sharing these observations. let’s aim to lead purposeful lives that inspire others. another quote you may like is: “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” – mark twain

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