Vanessa Grzywacz discovers the sky at night

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Since I was about 9 years old, I've been interested in space. For my class project: ”What I will be when I grow up?”, I wrote about how I wanted to be an astronaut. I presented it as a newspaper front page with a drawing of me on the moon, so my future career as a magazine designer was lurking in my brain, too. However physics lessons just seemed to bamboozle me, so any thoughts of training to be an astronaut for a career soon evaporated.

But my fascination with space still remains to this day. I can still lie awake for hours at night wondering: what is out there? Are we a speck of dust on another speck of dust? Why are we here? Is anyone else out there? And don’t even get me started on black holes... so I decided to take time out of my night-time routine (which usually involves watching TV, tidying up after my two young children, loading and unloading the dishwasher and preparing packed lunches for the next day), and do a bit of stargazing instead.

Since I moved from the urban sprawl of central Croydon last year to a new area, where I live on top of a hill overlooking a valley, I have an uninterrupted view of the stars from my bedroom window. As I sat and watched the stars twinkling in the night sky, I instantly felt calm. My inner Brian Cox emerged as I downloaded the Star Tracker app to help me identify each constellation I was looking at. I spent about half an hour identifying the stars I could see. Then I put down my phone and took time out of my evening to just sit and study the stars. I felt at peace, calm, just observing and not doing.

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Vanessa Grzywacz

Art Director, Psychologies magazine