Lunar Landing; The Giant Leap’s Anniversary

Walking home this evening, I noticed the moon. Then it hit me. Today, July 20th, marks the anniversary of the first lunar landing. This day in history, American astronauts stepped on surface of the moon. Amazing. Really amazing.

the moon...

It also reminded me of the post, I wrote for GainVille last year. It truly captured my feelings on the eve of the 40th anniversary and it does so again today. We made the impossible – possible. We can do it again.

So to mark the anniversary, I thought to republish my prose. Enjoy…

Forty (in 2009) years ago the world changed. Humanity watched two men take a few steps; small simple steps that crowned a determined decade-long drive. Man graced the surfaced of the moon.

Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who placed the first footprints on the moon marked the moment. He told the world, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” His famous words seem destined to echo through time and space forever. He knew humanity took a GIANT leap. We did.

A Giant Leap for mankind

For thousands of years people dreamed of reaching the moon, and many people alive today were born when it still was thought to be impossible. But it was achieved.  And arguably the landing must be mentioned in any conversation discussing man’s greatest achievements across human history.

So as we all watch in wonder again this anniversary, what can we learn?

First, we can enjoy anniversary news coverage (much less this year) that is not of a tragedy, a war, or a death, but of a positive human achievement. That alone maybe cause to celebrate. But perhaps we can also simply surmise that the once thought illogical is in fact possible.

That may be worth repeating; what we once thought illogical is in fact possible.

So as I continue to watch (and ponder) in amazement about the lunar landing, I am deciding to take my own giant leap to believing we can once again do great things both in the heavens above and here on earth.

So, are you with me?

the view of home from the moon...

Stay adventurous, Craig

I wish these were my photos… source NASA

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  • Mark

    I’m willing to take that leap and stay positive in the wake of all the negativity surrounding me. I will long enough to read a Stay Adventurous blog post written FROM the Moon. Nice post Craig.

    • stayadventurous

      Space Travel is a dream of mine for sure. So, yes, I look forward to writing that post (and of course sending a tweet) from the final frontier…..

      stay adventurous,

  • Steven

    I found this very emotionally moving. This could be your best post. I could not agree more.

    • stayadventurous

      My best. Wow. Thanks. Stay tuned and keep reading. I plan to still make a “giant leap” with my writing on this blog.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Abby

    Isn’t it nice to think about a time when the country was brought together by an accomplishment so awe-inspiring? To think how emotional we can get thinking about it even now… And I wasn’t even born yet! Great piece — I didn’t even know it was the anniversary. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! This was very moving.

    • stayadventurous

      Thanks, I am glad it ‘moved you.’ Hopefully we can unite again in our lifetime to a common cause.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Diala

    I couldn’t agree more on the moral of this important day. What I liked most about this piece is that it compels us to pause for a moment and think about what’s out there and how can we get to it. The fact that we’ve been there before means we can be there again, perhaps even at a more advanced level, and hopefully in our lifetime. Our accomplishments should not be taken for granted and we should always dream big. Great title and imagery too. Very well written!

    • stayadventurous

      Thanks. I really appreciate the comment. I could not agree more with the fact we do need to dream big. And if we put energy to those dreams…we can achieve them.

      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Maggie

    I am with you! This is so inspiring and a message we all need to hear. I plan to share this with my career coaching clients who may be afraid their dreams aren’t possible. What this tells me instead is that the real truth is that we are all powerful beyond our wildest dreams. Very exciting and much appreciated message – eloquently shared too! Thank you Craig

    • craig zabransky

      We really are that powerful… we just need to realize it. Good luck transferring that message to your clients… stay adventurous, Craig

  • The World of Deej

    Inspiring post…inspiring moment… RIP Neil Armstrong.

  • Francesca

    I’m with you, Craig. The lunar landing could possibly be the world’s greatest adventure. And you’re right about celebrating an anniversary of something positive rather than a tragedy – it doesn’t happen enough.

    • craig zabransky

      Francesca, that means it is up to us to make it happen…. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Leah Travels

    I used to think I’d like to be an astronaut, then I figured out that science wasn’t my best subject. This is the ultimate adventure and greatest travel milestone.

    • craig zabransky

      Me too. Science was a good subject for me too…. just not sure what happened. I guess my mission lies elsewhere… good luck with yours. stay adventurous, Craig

  • Jetting Around

    He was quite the traveler, wasn’t he?… It’s sad news that Neil Armstrong is no longer with us, but his legacy will certainly live on. His was a truly amazing accomplishment.

    • craig zabransky

      He really was, so few have graced the surface of the moon… how cool would it really be… an adventure of a lifetime no doubt. stay adventurous, Craig