It’s easy to think you live on your own turf, especially if you live in a major population center. In the hotter cities like Miami, you can walk from the AC in your home to the AC in your car, to the AC at work. The same could be said with heat in a place like Toronto. If you work in an office, the outside world seems a very foreign inconvenience that you just skirt around throughout your day. If not, you gather tools to help you operate out in colder or hotter environments.

In these places, where people tend to thrive, temperature is our biggest concern. Sure, the heat can kill you if you get lost in the wilderness without water. The cold can easily kill you overnight — at the very least it’ll take a couple of fingers, toes, or even feet or hands. However, it’s usually just a matter of discomfort.

But every once in a while, we are reminded that we little more than just passengers on this earth, barreling through space. We are certainly at the top of the food chain overall, but traipse out naked into bear country and you might feel differently. More recently, we have been reminded that, even in our cities, we are tourists here… with the destructive fires out west or the volcanoes out east.

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And there are personal times we all go through — humbling moments that remind us just how fragile we are, even compared to many animals.