What Do Neil deGrasse Tyson and I Have in Common?

I’m a huge science nerd. I spend a lot of my time watching space documentaries, pouring over websites like ScienceMag and scrolling through NASA’s Instagram. Space stuff, especially, blows my mind. I basically spend my time just getting my hands on anything that can expand my knowledge about our place in the universe.

I’m a massive fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the most respected astrophysicists of the day. I’ve even sent him a few emails with some of my thoughts on the universe, but to no avail. Granted, he’s a busy man. I didn’t expect him to respond but I liked putting it out there anyway.

Anyways, a fellow science nerd, Celine, sent me a video where Larry King and Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about the afterlife and the universe. These are very much common topics for Mr. deGrasse Tyson. But something he said stuck with me. Larry King asked Mr. deGrasse Tyson if he fears death, to which he responded, “I fear living a life when I could’ve accomplished something but didn’t.”

Woah. That’s some profound shit to drop in a casual interview. But then again, is any interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson “casual?” You can pretty much always count on him to say something that’ll blow your mind.

Anyways, back to the point. Some of you probably only clicked on this article to see what Neil and little old me have in common. The answer lies in the quote above. I can’t imagine I would ever be happy, lying on my deathbed and looking back on my life, realizing that I didn’t do anything to change the world.

Since I was little, I’ve always dreamt big. I want to make movies, voice cartoons, start a charity, go to space, and just try to do anything that will change something in the world we live in. I can’t imagine living a life where I don’t even try to do something remarkable. As selfish as it may seem, I want people to remember me. I want people to remember my name.

I’ve heard it said that you’re never truly dead until the last time someone says your name. For many everyday people in ancient Egypt, for example, they died 5000 years ago. They remain dead. But what about Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, or Nefertiti? They live on.

Now I may not be the ruler of a great empire, known for my beauty and intelligence. I know what I am and what I can be. The life of royalty would not look good on me. I want to be known for being a good person; as someone who at least tried to benefit humanity. I deeply believe that my destiny is to further the boundaries of human knowledge endeavor.

Thanks for listening to my little rant 🙂

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