Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it - Muhammad Ali
Over the last few hours, I have been attempting to wrap my mind around what it takes to land a satellite like Philae on a comet. Using technology that is over ten years old. And just to put this into perspective, the first iPhone was launched around seven years ago. No wonder the Philae lander is referred to as a washing machine. I'm failing miserably at even knowing how to send anything higher than what a firework would go with technology that old. I have however, learnt a great deal about life, by exploring what space has taught us about finding our happiness back on earth.
“It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don’t care.” - Famous artist Pablo Picasso, reacting to the successful Apollo 11 mission : Your idea about happiness isn't going to please everybody. Being a people pleaser is the quickest route to living someone else life. The sooner you accept this about your and others own idea or path to happiness, the sooner you can arrive at your destination.
“Failure is not an option.” - NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz: Somethings are just not negotiable getting wrong or failing at. Finding contentment on earth is surely one of them. There are no second chances, you only have this moment.
“The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero.” - Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison’s paper ‘Searching for Interstellar Communications’ : You will fail at finding happiness on earth if you keep procrastinating on following your dream. Put your dreams out there. Life will conspire to make them happen.
”When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.” - Alan Shepard during the Apollo 14: We sometimes think we accomplished nothing until we look back and see we have come a long way already.
We often get stuck in our perceived barriers towards reaching our goals in life. Next time that happens, just remind yourself that someone found a way to land a satellite on a moving comet 6.4 billion kilometres away. Or in the words of Muhammad Ali, "impossible is nothing."