It was a historic day and a historic flight. The Dragon 2 mission itself was definitely historic, but even if it wasn’t it was worth taking a look. I tuned into the live stream and it was rather slow moving without much going on in the beginning really except two astronauts hurtling back through the atmosphere and back safely onto the planet. What got me was the enormity.
It’s something impressive to send a machine off the planet into orbit in space. It’s even more impressive to send two humans and bring them back safely. But it’s the fact that humans have achieved this that is the most impressive. And it inspired me.
It inspired me to push myself on the day and hopefully it will keep me inspired to keep pushing myself. While there have been space missions before, and I haven’t really followed it much in the past, this was the first time I and many others were able to tune in and stream it live on any of our devices. It is also a time with so much happening in the world and a successful mission as such is accomplished.
It made me laugh off my own struggle of the moment. And it so happens that my struggle of the moment was leg day. I’ve been training and exercising at home throughout the pandemic, and it’s been a struggle at times. It has been getting somewhat tiresome, but in the grand scheme of things it was nothing. I was in a bit of sluggish mood and was procrastinating and just continuing to work. Just when I thought it was time to start my session, my sister messaged me that the splashdown was about to happen.
I didn’t want to miss this historic moment. I wanted to watch it live for myself as any success in the world at the moment can only be historically positive. But it was time to exercise. It turns out that it was actually inspiring and helped me push myself and have a strong leg day. The thought that humans can achieve something so immense was just simply inspiring. It showed that when we as humans put our minds to something what we are capable of achieving. So I put on the stream with some music in the background and just went for it.
While my struggles are valid as are those of every human being, it kind of puts things into some perspective. It was simply a reminder of how small I am in the vastness of this wold and reality and how my struggles are almost trivial in the enormity of it. It reminded me of my pursuit to be a better person, the best version of myself, and make a positive impact on this planet. I take from this moment the thought that if I just put my mind to it, I can overcome my challenges.
It will inspire me not just in my fitness, but in my life. It will inspire me to keep pushing myself and literally shoot for the starts. What I, as an individual, can achieve is up to me, my belief, and the work that I put into the journey.