Blog 1419 – 08.09.2019
The Final Frontier
As a child of the nineteen fifties and sixties I was fascinated with Outer Space, the Outer Limits being but one of my many favorite Sci-fi TV shows and movies. I saw NASA astronaut Alan Shepherd’s first launch, flaming up into the air not quite into outer space really and minutes later the parachute on his capsule touching him safely down in the Atlantic Ocean, no one blinked in my sixth grade class as we did not want to miss a thing. It was over in a flash and a splash. I watched live on TV all the early space launches and again as Alan Shepherd flew again and became the first person to set foot on the moon. That was fifty years ago.
A few years before that first moon walk I became a Strek Trek fan and have been one ever since. I even got to watch reruns of that first iconic Star Trek crew on Armed Forces TV in South Vietnam most all of 1970 during my long hot summer wearing jungle fatigues.
As the intro to Star Trek goes: “Space, the final frontier, these are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise whose continuing mission is to explore brave new worlds and to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
For all the vastness of outer space, inner space is even more roomy. A couple of years ago this month the wonderful self-help author and publisher, Louise Hay, passed. Her simple advice to anyone who wished to be a true space and time explorer and to know and to grow to love themselves better as well as others was to: “Go deeper inside.” We, like the tents in the Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, are way bigger on the inside than we look on the outside.
As a boy, like many girls and boys of my generation, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring outer space and now almost nineteen years passed the half century mark I still dream but do more of being an introspect-naut exploring the vast galaxies of love within my own heart and mind. I dare say that I will only have a few sectors of that star map completed before this particular adventure ends. But no worries, I have a sneaking suspicion where one adventure ends another one begins in our continuing mission of boldly going where no one has gone before.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
In time and space, outer and inner,