But that's ok. We don't have to know everything. Being able to live and learn a little along the way is amazing in itself. The fact that I'm here today to write this at all (or that you're here to read it for that matter) is a wonderful gift. We're all here because some 3.8 billion years ago, Life began on this little blue sphere. And we're all fortunate enough to be the end result. Our ancestors, and the ancestors of every other living thing on Earth, managed to survive every mass extinction event in the history of the planet. We all share a common ancestry, and have a very long history. Science, knowledge itself, is the vessel through which we can explore it together.
I promised 31 things I learned this semester for the 31 days in May. May is long over, and as the Summer Solstice comes to an end, so does this series. But never forget the most important thing you can ever learn: there is never a point at which we stop learning. Every day is a unique experience, and there is always something you can take from it. No matter how small any of us may seem in the grand scheme of things, it's important to realize that we get to be a part of it. That the very fiber of the Universe runs through each and every one of us. That we are all connected to each other, and everything else as well. Our collective story is a phenomenal one. The next time you look up into the night sky, take a moment to realize we're all 13.75 billion years (give or take) in the making. This is not an original thought, and many minds more brilliant than mine have said it in many ways more elegant than this. But it never hurts to reiterate. So as the heat of summer approaches, keep learning, everyone. I'm very eager to hear about what you discover along the way.