posted on Feb, 18 2011 @ 08:33 AM
Originally posted by tsawyer2
It's amazing to me what a profound experience looking at the night sky can be. It's too bad that not everyone can see the night sky without the
interference of city lights. I guess I'm fortunate that I've been healthy enough and motivated enough to go backpacking throughout the years to
places where the night sky can be viewed in it's real glory.
I know exactly what you mean. I'm one of those people who's nightly view of the sky is diminished by city/town lights. Although at least once each
summer me and a longtime friend of mine head up to his cottage with other buddies of ours. It's not the typical modern day "mini subdivision"
cottage either, it's pretty much the definition of isolated. It's a 5 hour drive to get to the marina where he keeps his boat, then another hour
long boat ride across the lake to get to the cottage itself. There's nobody around for miles and miles once we're there. Civilization is nothing but
a distant memory up there. It's our annual FIA (f*** it all) guy's weekend, we just go relax and forget about the world for a few days. And man, I
gotta tell you the view of the night sky up there is simply majestic. There's something special about doing nothing but sitting on the dock with a
cold beer, listening to the sounds of the wilderness around us, and just gazing up at the stars. Maybe it's just me, but I can't think of anything
else that's as refreshing as that.
But back on topic...
I don't have any specific star or constellation that I've related to a loved one who has passed away. But the stars themselves in general are tied
to my memory of my grandfather who passed away back in '91. Gramps used to have a saying that we'd hear regularly, whenever talk of some new fancy
TV or any other new bit of technology came up. His saying went like this..."I don't need none of that fancy mumbo jumbo to be a happy man. I've got
good friends and a great family. I've got the moon and the stars to ease my mind and help me think. I'm a happy man, what else could I possibly
need?" And it was true. He was always a humble man, a happy man. And I'm positive that's exactly how he felt when he crossed over.
It's a saying that has stuck with me throughout my life, it keeps me level headed and helps me remember what is most important in life. And it's one
that is forever tied to the night sky for me. Whenever I look up at the stars, it doesn't matter what sort of mood I'm in, that memory just brings
me back down to Earth and puts me at ease. Of course that's also a leading factor as to why the guy's cottage weekends I described above are so
refreshing and invigorating for me.