no one looks at the stars anymore. the place is too bright – so many lights. is that why it’s hard to see the stars? i wonder if i can see random meteor showers again. how many shooting stars will i see every time i look up?
i used to. there was an energy crisis in the Philippines in the 90s (yup, that’s how old i am). every night, it would take at least 3 hours of darkness. neighborhood kids learned how to play in the dark, so did we. i used to gaze at the stars and constellations, make patterns out of it. i would count the number of shooting stars i see every night. i saw at least 2 every night for months.
every time i look up, i felt at ease, relaxed. mosquitoes would feast on me but i didn’t care. i would just look at the night sky and i’m at peace. i can see the small dipper, big dipper, Venus, Polaris, etc. i became fascinated with astronomy, stars, the planets, and the universe. It’s so vast. We are just a tiny spec.
now, i can’t stay longer than 5 minutes outside. i don’t see anymore shooting stars. i don’t see the constellations. Is it because it’s too bright or i just don’t want to be outside at night?
i miss the simple, good old days where star-gazing is relaxing. the stars shine their brightest in darkness.