Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked in an interview with TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.
The most astounding fact is, the knowledge of the atoms that comprise life on earth. The atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core. Under extreme temperatures and pressures, these stars are high mass ones among them when unstable in their later years. They collapsed then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy. Guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense and collapse form the next generation of solar systems. Stars with orbiting planets and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, in this universe but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact I look up. Many people feel small because they are small and the universe is big, but I feel big because my atoms came from those stars. Theres a level of connectivity, thats really what you want in life. You want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like your a participant and it goes on in activities and events around you. Thats precisely what we are just being alive.