I woke up this morning thinking about dinosaurs.
Naturally I know about them, loved them as a kid, saw Jurassic Park. I'm aware of fossils and evolution and extinction. I get all of that.
But for some reason - today - I was struck in the brain-face by the reality of it. Enormous creatures of all shapes and sizes used to walk around on this planet many, many years ago. Creatures that were, by comparison to today's ecosystem, almost alien.
Then they all died. And the same Earth we call home chugged right along.
Today, somewhere in my brain, these facts that I had grown up knowing and never thinking about renewed their gravity. All I could do was sit up and say, "Holy sh*t."
This happens occasionally, usually around matters of history or astronomy. It's a shift from knowing that a phenomenon is big, important or meaningful to feeling it in a visceral and overwhelming way.
I can't describe it much better than that but it puts me on my ass every time. My brain starts to flip over and over on itself as I try to fit my little life into such a big picture. Does that happen to anyone else?