This story came to me as I was driving up to Kennedy Space Center to watch Endeavour’s final ferry flight to California. Still inspiring us one more time……
After tragedy occurs, whether it be life, relationships, jobs, etc. there’s always comes the time when you get the opportunity to do it again. As you step up there is that fear, that tentativeness that almost takes your breath away. That, Oh My God, am I ready to do this, have I figured out everything I did wrong last time? Am I going to get it right this time?
We don’t like to make mistakes and we really don’t like to make the same mistakes twice. Whenever we have the opportunity to do it again, all the questions, all the fears surface….yet there is that excitement of the chance to give it another shot.
After the Columbia tragedy, the next shuttle, Discovery, was tasked with a tremendous role. In addition to millions of pounds of supplies for the space station, it carried the hopes of an entire nation. As it sat on the launch pad, all those fears of the unknown were still there. In spite of all the checks, the tests, the quadruple checks, there was still that fear of the unknown. Did we miss anything? Did we account for all the possibilities?
There was plenty of fear to keep it grounded, but the destination was worth facing the fear. Much like our life; they had to go forward and give it another shot. When Discovery landed safely, it was an affirmation that Yea, we can do this.
We all face tragedy in our lives and there is always plenty of fear to keep us safe in the hangar of life. It’s safer in there because there’s no risk. If you don’t take any chances, you won’t feel any pain. I know I don’t like pain. Yet, it’s the facing that same situation again, taking the chance to get it right, and being successful is what makes grow. Sometimes its really hard to overcome those fears, but it’s worth it.
Lifting off that launching pad again will be scary but when you nail the landing, you realize that did it. You faced the fear, you overcame and you carry on. That is what it’s all about…