This week one of the headlines in the news was “How to weigh a dinosaur.” Yes, you read that right. I had to laugh because it’s so perfectly interesting yet so completely unnecessary, irrelevant, weird and impossible. I’m all for exploring history and learning about the people and things that happened in the past, whether it’s 2 years ago or thousands of years ago. I frequently watch pyramids-era documentaries and explorations as well as Titanic ones, and I’ve been known to tune into some other ones as well. I may not be good with history dates, wars and battles, or keeping people straight but that’s OK because it’s not (currently) my interest or passion, other people have those passions and interests.
I love that we ask questions like how do we weigh a creature that lived tons of years ago and isn’t alive anymore. I love that people go to historic sites and perform reenactments in full regalia. I love that people tell stories about the role their ancestors played in different parts of history. I love hearing the stories of people who have passed on before, and discovering that they’re not just a name on a page, but had passions, interests, dreams and faced challenges too.
I still can’t weigh a dinosaur (and really don’t want to), but I’m glad that someone is taking the time to learn and explore and discover things that matter for one reason or another, at least to them. If that interests or excites them, good! If thinking about people trying to figure out how to weigh a dinosaur makes others laugh, well that’s good too because we’ve had a really tough year this year and always need more reasons to laugh. This weekend I encourage you to find a bit of a tangent that interests you and leave the issues of the world behind, even if it’s just for a couple of hours. The challenges of the world will still be there when you get back, and hopefully you’ll feel a little more refreshed and confident when you get back too.