This week in history – Reflections of the man on the moon
The other night, as I was walking back to my apartment, after listening to Frank Sinatra sing “Fly Me to the Moon” in honor of Neil Armstrong, I noticed the moon was a little more than half full. I couldn’t help but think how appropriate it was.
Neil Armstrong had died earlier in the day and his family said, “when you “see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
I did, but as I looked at the moon, I couldn’t help but think of how perfect the moon is right now. We are mourning the passing of an American legend, hence the black/covered part of the moon.
But there is a reason why it was more bright than dark. Because while it is sad he is gone, it is more important not to dwell on it and instead to celebrate his life and what he and America, accomplished and what we can still accomplish. He helped prove that the sky is literally not the limit.
We can go further.
We just landed a new rover on Mars. Mars! Armstrong was the first human to set foot on the moon. Mankind has gone beyond the realm of this planet and stepped foot on the moon. He and America worked hard and believed that we could do it, and we did. We set a goal and we accomplished it.
We are all college students with dreams of what we want to do. Armstrong helped prove that if you dream and work hard, you can accomplish literally anything. Next time you look up at the moon, do what Armstrong’s family asks you, and just remember that mankind has been there. You could be next.
You can accomplish anything if you set a goal and work at it. If we can do that, imagine what you, America, and mankind can do. Rest in peace Neil Armstrong. Thank you for your service.