This is because the Milky Way galaxy is pretty big. It consists of billions of stars. In fact, if you had to count every star in our galaxy at one star per second, it would take 2500 years for you to count them all, and if you had to travel from one end of our galaxy to the other at the speed of light (299 792 km per second) it would take you about 100 000 years.

Those are pretty huge numbers and they make me feel quite small (or smaller than usual, seeing as I’m only 1.56m tall). More than that though, I was awed by the perspective these figures give.

When taking a wider view of my life, I realised that my urgent tasks, while still needing to be done, were not the important tasks and that the important tasks, though they had little urgency, needed to be fulfilled just as much as the others, if not more so.

I know this won’t really help me with my work or the fact that I’m running out of clean pants, but it was a good reminder to take a step back when the work and commitments seem like they’re a bit too much to bear.

We have some light-hearted content this week to help you out. Check out the “Do the Dew” photo essay on page 4, our Features article on the Fashion Vigilantes of Cape Town on page 7, and make sure you know where to let off steam with our “Your genre, your venue” list on page 9.

Have an easier week than the last!

 

Michal

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