Today, Tuesday, January 28 marks the 28th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. Most of us can recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when it heard this terrible news. Living in Florida at the time, I had a bird’s eye view of the launch and explosion. Later that day I had to fly to another city and will never forget the church like quiet of the busy Miami International Airport terminal.
Yet for all the sadness of the day, it really is a day to celebrate. While tragically 7 great people – including a teacher – lost their lives, they were doing what they loved and had dreamed of doing. Many had spent years preparing for this event as mission specialists or beating out other others to be the best and first.
Yet for most of us, we never live our dreams. We end up doing what is expected of us by our parents, our spouse, our children, our job, or society over all. We get beat down by life and forget our dreams and even how to dream. And because we don’t, we never reach our full potential just as the Challenger 7 never reached theirs.
Can you image being a student in Christa McAuliffe’s class after she had been to space? The excitement, passion, and dreams she would have inspired! Can you image being a co-worker of Ron McNair or Greg Jarvis? Living up to their dedication, quality, and drive.
Live is short. I learned just how short a few years after my son was shot. It is much too short to never live your dream. It is too short to be only what others say you can be or what they envision you to be.
On this January 28th, join the Challenger 7 and start living your dream. Inspire others, excite others, and stir others with your personal example. Don’t let your dream die like the dreams of these 7 people – Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik, Ronald E. McNair, Christa McAuliffe, and Gregory B. Jarvis.
May their dreams live forever and continue to inspire us.