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You can’t see the stars if you don’t look up.

Jay Looking SkywardThe first step in any endeavor is thinking (and believing) that it can be done. Without that, the attempt is doomed before it even starts.

In every major advancement, there is always a group that insists that whatever is being tried is “impossible”. The people that take that stance are so based in conventional thinking that they become convinced that things can’t change and will stay as they are forever. If left to them, none of us would ever get anywhere. In fact, we’d probably still be working on creating fire or the first wheel.

Fortunately, there are those who disregard that way of thinking in favor of knowing that impossibility simply means that not being able to do something today doesn’t mean we won’t be able to tomorrow.

That’s one of the greatest things about kids. In many cases, they’ve not yet been introduced to large-scale limitations and often think they can do anything.

Don’t believe me? Ever rigged a bedsheet into a cape and jumped off something, intending to fly?

One particular 6-year-old has taken it even further.

When Connor Johnson caught wind that our lovely, forward-thinking Congress had ruled to cut funding to NASA (again), he quickly realized that just didn’t sit well with him. His first impulse was to donate his life savings to NASA. Upon talking with his parents, though, he came to understand that $10.41 won’t get very far.

Not one to be deterred by that, he decided to simply take another route and start a petition with the intent of getting funds back where they belong – science and exploration.

So is it working?

His efforts are gaining traction on Facebook, apparently to the point of getting some rather high-profile attention.

A few days ago, Connor received a supportive and congratulatory phone call from Gene Cernan. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, don’t worry. He’s just the last person to have walked on the Moon, that’s all. No big deal.

Ok, ok…enough sarcasm. At least for that paragraph.

So why is Connor so determined? Since he was 3, literally half of his life, he’s wanted to be an astronaut, a goal that Gene was more than supportive of. Also, with space once again gaining popularity, Connor’s chances of venturing off-world are increasing rapidly.

In other words, optimism pays. If it didn’t, we’d never have gotten past Apollo 1.

Dream.

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