Stars are born in nebulae. Gravitational forces and the perfect conditions come together to create beautiful, shining masses of light.

Or something like that. The hobby astronomer explained it as we dropped by for star gazing at the observatory. There they were — four young, precious stars in the center of Orion Nebula.

It takes thousands of light years for these events to reach our field of sight. The stars we see are not young anymore. Many of them are already dead.

In a similar way, we marvel at the perfect conditions it takes to form a great artist, writer, musician. What elements came together? What conditions? What gravitational forces did they need to overcome?

As with stars, we often only begin to look long after they are gone.

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