Waiting for a Rocket Ship to Come
One of the many reasons I went to Engineering school, specifically Electronics Engineering, is that even though it would be hard and testing for me, I know it will put me closer to that path only the bravest before me could go: and that is to push boundaries of human capability.
Decades ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin told the world that yes, we could fly to space and into the moon. They pushed the human envelope of capability. What astronomers only observed for years, what poets only romanticized for a long time, what ordinary humans only looked at at night–they stepped on that. What a feeling it must have been. What a THRILLING feeling it must have been.
I’ve always loved Architecture; ever since I was a kid I dreamed of building houses. But there is a part of me that wishes to do more, that wishes to make an impact on a lot more lives than I ever could being an architect; that wishes to be on the moon myself.
And the path to that silent, unconscious dream, I see in Engineering. Going to the moon for me is being able to create something that will be the foundation for further evolution of man as an integrated being. Going to the moon is being able to create something that could affect humanity universally. Going to the moon is being at the forefront of innovation, dreaming dreams no one has ever thought of before.
I see this clearly now, because Neil Armstrong died. I never thought of it as this before, but perhaps this is where my heart is consistently telling me to go. It was just intuition then, a fortunate change of heart from picking Architecture as my college degree, a blessed confusion: but I see clearly now.
I have a long road to take. But I guess I’ll stop living on luck and chance if I want to succeed. I’ll not wait on a rocket ship anymore. I’ll build it myself.
I hope the future me reads this, and tells me: hey there, we’re on the moon.