My husband and I went up to Michigan's Upper Peninsula with his family for several days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. I spent a lot of the time out on the water fishing with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. While fishing, I had plenty of time to look around and admire the beautiful surroundings. As anyone that has been to the UP can attest to, it is absolutely breathtaking to watch the sun go down over the water while you see swans, geese, ducks and other wildlife come in and out of sight.
I recounted this story to say that I know some of us atheists grew up with this notion that after this life we would be going to Heaven where it was marvelous and perfect, but now we know that isn't the way life works. So, I think that we should explore this stunning planet that is real and amazing.
I know that on several occasions I have found myself dwelling on the fact that there is no heaven, but I have been reminded this week that there are numerous places here on Earth that are incredible. I don't need to dwell on things that I can't change, but I can enjoy the marvelous surroundings that are practically in my back yard.