One stifling summer night, the poet and journalist Marjolijn van Heemstra lay awake, unable to sleep―like so many of us feeling anxious and alienated, deeply exhausted yet restless. Amid the suffocating stream of daily obligations, the clamor of notifications and increasingly dismal headlines, she longed for a way to rise above the frenzy, for a renewed sense of meaning and connection. Then she learned about the overview effect―a permanent shift in consciousness many astronauts experience when beholding Earth from outside the atmosphere―and wondered: could the perspective of outer space offer the internal space she sought?
The lyrical account of van Heemstra’s yearlong quest to experience the overview effect on Earth, In Light-Years There’s No Hurry invites us to lift our gaze above eye level and discover our connections with the cosmos, our planet, and each other. We follow as van Heemstra’s cosmic awareness expands and she finds herself feeling simultaneously lighter and more grounded. Compared with the co
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