we’re recycled stars
we are what we are
All of the natural elements (other than most hydrogen, helium, & lithium) were produced within the cores of stars from long ago. Some stars were so massive that, when their time came, they collapsed and exploded! This is what is called a supernova. The heavy elements which were once trapped in the cores of these stars were now freed, blown away to scatter throughout the cosmos. All that carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, iron, etc. eventually came together to form our entire solar system along with the life which resides here on Earth. We are not separate from the universe. We are, undeniably, recycled star dust.