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Does The Awesomeness Of Nature Stress You The Hell Out Or Calm You Down?

FYI, a blue whale's arteries are so big you could swim through them.

The universe is a really really big place. And just thinking about its vastness can either freak you the fuck out (everything is so big, there's so much we don't know!) or give you a sense of peace (we're so small! none of this matters!).

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So, tell us if you find these things completely overwhelming or pretty calming!

1. So, let's talk about outer space. Here is earth in its home, our galaxy. There are over two trillion galaxies in the universe. Sooooo, we have a lot of neighbors.

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    This stresses me out. I feel overwhelmed thinking that we are a microscopic speck relative to the universe.
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    This calms me. I find comfort knowing there's more out there.

2. And then there's the sun. The sun is actually a pretty average star that's been around for 4.5 billion years. If all goes well, it will continue being the sun for another 7 billion years. Eventually, the sun will run out of fuel and become a giant swollen sun, and expand until it takes over Mercury, Venus, and possibly Earth.

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    This stresses me out. The thought of the sun swallowing Earth is not ok.
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    This is pretty calming. I find the whole space thing relaxing and whatever happens, happens! It's nature.

3. How about the deep sea? The Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, is estimated to be 36,000 feet deep. You could take Mt. Everest and stick it in the trench and it would still be covered with about a MILE OF WATER.

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    This stresses me out. What is down there!? Why is it so deep?! Ugh.
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    This calms me down. The ocean is a soothing place and I am ok with its mystery.

4. Meanwhile, blue whales are the earth's biggest living animals. In fact, they're so big that a human, like you or I, could swim through their largest veins and arteries.

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    This stresses me out. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? They're too big. I can't.
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    This calms me. Sure they're gigantic, but they're also serene mammals just peacefully cruisin' the ocean eating krill.

5. Underwater caves? One of the deepest underwater caves, located in the Czech Republic, has a depth of around 1,300 feet. And guess what, a human went to the very bottom of it (in the dark and through tiny passages he had to squeeze his body through)!!!

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    This terrifies me. I don't even want to think about it.
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    This calms me. I don't have a problem with small spaces and would love to explore.

6. Then there are horseshoe crabs. Horseshoe crabs look so ancient because their species has been hanging around on Earth for at least 450 MILLION YEARS. They are older than dinosaurs, so they've definitely seen some shit.

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    This stresses me out. It's hard to comprehend how a species has survived that long.
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    This doesn't bother me. Mother Nature is pretty incredible and their ability to adapt is impressive.

7. How about icebergs? To be classified as an iceberg, a chunk of ice must be at least 16 feet above and 98 feet below water. That's like an 11-story building just floating in the sea!!!

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    This freaks me out. Ice the size of the building does not sit well with me.
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    This doesn't freak me out. They are a fascinating part of the ocean.

8. Let's talk about mountains! Mt. Everest is only 60 million years old. ONLY is key here! Some mountain ranges are over a billion years old, making Mt. Everest a young baby mountain.

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    This is stresses me out! 100 years in human life is old AF, and this "baby" mountain is 60 million years old. WHAT IS LIFE?
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    This calms me down. I am ok with being an teeny tiny portion of the space continuum.

9. Thoughts on canyons? Slot canyons are extremely narrow canyons and can be SEVERAL hundred feet deep.

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    This stresses me out. I can just feel the walls closing in.
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    This calms me. I could totally get lost in there.

10. How do caves make you feel? The world's longest cave, Mammoth Cave, is located in south central Kentucky. So far scientists have explored 400 miles of the cave system, but continue to survey undiscovered passages. Basically, there are more caves out there that we STILL don't know about!

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    This is horrifying. Miles and miles of dark caves and only a few ways to get out. Who knows what could be down there!
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    This calms me down. It's cool to think about what has and hasn't been discovered underground.

11. And finally, what are your thoughts on gut bacteria? There is a scientific link between our stomach's influence over our brain. While scientists have yet to fully understand this gut-brain connection, new research suggests that gut bacteria can have a major influence on our personality and behavior.

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    This freaks me out. I can't wrap my head around the thought that my stomach has control like that.
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    This doesn't bother me. It actually fascinates me that there could be a such a strong link between our brain and stomachs.

Ahh, Mother Nature. Even though you stress me out sometimes, you're incredible!!! We should all do what we can to take care of you.

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