Sometimes when we’re in-between the important stages of our lives, we feel like traversing cosmic voids
(those vast spaces between filaments — the largest structures in the universe).
I’ve been having this feeling of going through the void lately. I think that this state of mind is still related to the failure of my previous startup project. As if my life was currently “on hold”, waiting for the next big thing to start. But it’s not true of course. Life goes on. Things evolve, life and circumstances change; all the time. Even if we let negative thoughts take over from time to time, those are mostly disconnected from reality.
Since I’ve killed my startup, I’ve grown, I’ve built new things, launched new ideas, and even created a new human being called Raphaël. My oldest son is now 12, almost ready to go to high school, and my daughter Amandine is already 9. Time flies!
It flies, and it also feels like standing still, depending on what we think about and how we feel like. It’s the weirdest thing…
Whenever I lose myself thinking about the void, I quickly remind myself that the void cannot exist in isolation. The void exists so that we can distinguish concrete things in the universe. If there was no empty space between galaxies, then would those be separate? The same is probably true with our lives. There’s no before and after if there’s no gap between those “big” stages of our lives. What feels like void is actually a transition. And transitions are as important as the rest of the show. We may want to skip ahead, but we would be missing important moments.