And all the world will love you just as long, as long as you are, a shooting star.

Ever wanted to be famous?

A movie star? A sports legend? A military leader? A civil rights leader? An important scientist? Someone that a bunch of someones will sometime read about in something?

Well, guess what?


No really. You are. You are a movie star, and a sports legend, and a military leader, and a political figure and, well, everything. It's all you.

Allow me to explain.

You, and everyone else who is alive or was ever alive, is made up of 10 x 10 to the power of 24 atoms.


That's 1 million billion billion atoms. or, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms. To put that number into plain english: a whoooole lot!

When someone dies, the atoms that make them up don't just die with the person. See, atoms aren't themselves alive. If you were to pick yourself apart atom by atom with a pair of tweezers, you would end up with a pile of stuff that used to be you, but none of which is alive. (that's a post for later, though)

When someone, or any living thing really, dies, it begins to decompose. Decomposition is the process of organic material breaking down into it's baser substances. Some materials decompose faster than others. For example, muscle tissue will decompose faster than bone. But, given enough time, all organic compounds will break down.


And when they do, the molecules that used to make up that material will break apart, releasing their individual atoms back into the wild, so to speak.

These atoms are then formed into different things. Like, 500 years after you die, atoms that once made up your liver could now be part of an apple. And, if a pregnant woman eats that apple, and the atom that was in you gets transferred to the fetus, when that baby is born, it's partly you.

This is natural recycling. It beats any recycling humans have come up with.

But, what it means is, you have, on average, 500,000 atom in your body that used to make up Napoleon. And Isaac Newton. And Plato. And Moses. And, well, everyone who has ever lived, probably. And not just the humans. Animal and plant atoms also get recycled, so you also have T. Rex and DoDo Bird, and Wooly Mammoth and house cat in you.

In fact, every single atom that makes you up, makes up everything everywhere, were once part of a star. A star a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. And it floated around space until gravity gathered it up and made it part of you. (eventually)

So, next time some one tries to make you feel bad by claiming you'll never amount to anything, make sure you let them know that, eventually, you'll amount to everything!