Remember We Are All Made of Star Stuff

  • Week of January 22, 2017
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
— Carl Sagan

When a star explodes, it shoots energy and elements out into space. These elements disperse, and then come together again to form new stars, planets and everything else in the universe--including us.

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff.
— Carl Sagan

Of course we are. We showed our star stuff at the Women’s Marches all over the country and the world on Saturday. Our stars in Hollywood and on stage even joined forces with wall-of-us, took The Oath, and helped light the way: Cate Blanchett, Marisa Tomei, actors from the cast of HamiltonRachel Bloom, Mayim Bialik, Jane Lynch, and more. 

Yesterday was dream-soaked. But today we woke up to the dark matter of a Trump administration. Dark matter is heavy. So if it brings you down, use these tips to cope.

1. Ride the wave of the Women’s Marches. Share and revisit pictures of your march experiences. 

2. Read this article. It gives seven reasons why we should be optimistic.

3. Read these tips, prepared by a licensed therapist. We all need a little self care right now.

4. Keep remembering the fact that you are made of star stuff. That is an awesome physical truth. So live up to that awesomeness by taking action. The universe needs you to.