Things I’d Tell You if an Asteroid Hit the Earth.

Via Andrea Balt
on Apr 26, 2012
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Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. 

~ Chinese Proverb

According to NASA and other scientists, the chances of an asteroid hitting the earth are very remote… though possible. In fact, it might happen by 2040.

This reminds me of other remote events: like you and me and everyone we love being born; like the perfect equilibrium of nature around and within us—without which, no one survives; like our fragile place in a life we borrow for 90 years or less…

Like every unexpected joy and sadness that shape this dear, finger-painted world; like the chances of me writing this paragraph and you reading it, and though we don’t know each other and we’ll most likely never meet, we share this minute now, against all odds, across space and time, walking on this bridge of words we’re somehow (remotely) building together.

I clicked on this video expecting a taste of the apocalypse in my nightmares. Instead, it redirected me to me. The end of the world has this way of turning you into a baby by stripping your mind naked and taking you back to where you first started…

And if this should happen tomorrow, in 2040 or in 2155, I want you to know five things:

1. I have no idea what love is, but I know it’s the beginning, the middle and the end of everything and I think I love you.

2. I’m sorry about all the pain I’ve added to your story. Other than love, it’s what I do for a living. I never meant for any of it and if I could find a pain-killer asteroid that could burn your pain to ashes, I’d send it to earth right now.

3. I see you. And you matter to me. And I care. I’m just not skilled at showing you how much. Sometimes I wish my mind was more like an open field than a troubled labyrinth and then I wouldn’t get so lost and, maybe then, you’d understand.

4. Thanks for all the greatness, but even more so, thank you for the little things, those you think no one notices or no one thanks you for but you do anyway. And thank you for the hard things, the ones that tear you apart and break your heart open, but you do anyway. And thanks for not being realistic, for not giving up, and for believing, anyway.

5. Don’t be scared. Everything is illuminated. Darkness is just another reason to reinvent the light.


All lovers, it’s time… fasten your seatbelts…



“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

~ T.S. Eliot


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About Andrea Balt

Co-Founder / Editor in Chief of Rebelle Society, Wellness Alchemist at Rebelle Wellness & Creativity Curator at Creative Rehab. Unfinished book with a love for greens, bikes and poetry; raised by wolves & adopted by people; not trying to make art but to Be Art. Holds a BA in Journalism & Mass Communication, an MFA in Creative Writing & a Holistic Health Coach degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. In her work she tries to reflect the wholeness of the human experience by combining Art & Health + Brains & Beauty + Darkness & Brilliance into a more alive, unabridged and unlimited edition of ourselves. She is also on a quest to reinstate Creativity as one of our essential Human Rights to (hopefully and soon) be included in the UN Declaration. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and sign up for her Monthly Stroke of Renaissance.


13 Responses to “Things I’d Tell You if an Asteroid Hit the Earth.”

  1. MamasteNJ says:

    And what a way to live a life…from this point….forward. To remember this, that there are no guaranteea. And we touch people in such subtle ways. And the universe is listening. And bringing us together at such vulnerable times. Like a magic wand, we each have the power.
    If the asteroid was on it's way…I'd tell you all…that I love you, madly!

  2. Andréa Balt says:

    Madly, truly, deeply. The way we should live every moment… no? Sometimes we need an asteroid to remind us.
    Love & bows,

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  4. ValCarruthers says:

    All too often it's the cataclysms that show us how to love intensely without holding back, when it seems there's nothing left to lose. Thanks Andrea, for zinging us an asteroid to remind us there was never anything else but Love.

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  5. Andréa Balt says:

    As I was watching the video, I was thinking how at that point, nothing else would matter.

  6. Eric says:

    "And taken by light in your arms,
    at long and dear last, I may, without fail,
    suffer the first vision that set fire to the stars."
    ~Dylan Thomas

  7. Eddie says:

    *Please forgive me.
    *I forgive you.
    *Thank you.
    *I love you.
    – that should about cover it.

  8. Tracy says:

    I thought I was the only crazy who felt like the end of the world as we know it is liberating. Don't apologize for pain, because just enough makes our joy that much brighter, like the way clouds create a startling sunset.
    As for your claim that you're "not skilled enough at showing it," that's just silly. 😛

  9. Andréa Balt says:

    We're so simple after all…

  10. Andréa Balt says:

    Thanks Tracy! Your comments always brighten my day.

    "Don't apologize for pain.." I won't anymore…

  11. sara says:

    Wow. That achingly beautiful and profoundly sad video, along with your beautiful words, affected me deeply and helped to clarify a few things for me. Thank you for your beautiful offering.

  12. Andréa Balt says:

    Thanks Sara. That's a sweet asteroid.