Matter is infinite, but at some point each star, asteroid and all things universe cannot be arranged in another way. Once it reaches that point, matter and space begins to repeat itself. Another Earth is formed, and another you is living almost the exact same life as you. Millions of you are out there, living and thriving as the universe expands faster than we can ever know.
She ended her theory there, but after sharing this with one of my close friends that night at the Iowa Women's Basketball game (it was against Northwestern, and we dominated), we expanded it to the point of freaking ourselves out quite a bit.
She looked astonished as I told her what I just told you above, and exclaimed, "That must be why we are different in our dreams!" Each person on these repeating Earth's is who you are connecting with in your dreams, with small differences only noticeable to you, such as playing basketball instead of being a dancer.
Who knows if this is true, or if it even makes sense, but it is definitely a thought to process. After thinking about this for a good couple days, and sharing with even more of my friends, a bigger message came out of this craze of the unknown.
It is finals week, and my grades are not completely where I want them to be. I have begun the process of the great college search, and have had some major awakenings to the rebellious teenage side I never thought I would have to deal with. This is to say, things are stressful and I am under a lot of pressure, as are many of my close friends and peers around me.
After sitting in the West High newsroom after school one day, I overheard a couple staffers talking and comparing themselves to one another based on achievements, class difficulty and grades. At first, I felt discouraged because these people cared so much about who had done more and who was smarter in the sense of grades, which made me think that I needed to care too.
But this is not okay, or true, and after talking to my close friend about this crazy cool theory, I realized how stupid it was of me to fall into that trap. And then I just felt sad, as well as disappointed, that our school system and society has cultured people into a system of comparison.
If there really are millions of Earth's and millions of me, each one a little bit different, then we should not be comparing ourselves to each other. If all those versions of me exist, each one with its own, special talents, strengths, favorites and flaws, then how can I possibly begin to compare myself to a whole other person, who has millions of versions as well.
It's cliche, I know, but every person really is unique in their own, beautiful ways. This post is a call to all the people of the universe to stop comparing themselves to others. Compare yourself to you, because you are only yourself, and you possess so many talents that so many others do not.
The universe around us is trying to teach us a lesson of self love and acceptance. Nobody is the same, nobody is perfect, but everyone is unique and special. If we aren't even the same as those other us's out there, light years away, then we most definitely are not the same as our peers.
Stop comparing, start embracing, because the universe is already accepting you for who you are, and there is no bigger acceptance than that.