If Captain Kirk Can Achieve It, So Can You

If Captain Kirk Can Achieve It, So Can You

Published Oct 13, 2021 by Rick Cundiff

He boldly went!

That’s right, on October 13, actor William Shatner went where no 90-year-old had gone before – into space.

Of course, Shatner is best know for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” series. And now he’s achieved a major goal, to go to space in real life.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie to appreciate how cool that is. When “Star Trek” originally aired more than 50 years ago, the idea of civilians going into space was beyond the imagination. Yet today, a man who talked about the infinite possibilities of exploring the galaxies actually was able to do that, however briefly.

It’s a rare moment of inspiration in today’s world of rising prices, supply chain disruptions and other concerns. So it’s fitting that we celebrate it.

Let’s face it, how many of us would step outside our comfort zones to do something that daring these days? Not many, I’d wager. Instead, we think about the things we would do if we could.

Well, why can’t we do them? What’s stopping us? If a 90-year-old man can board a spacecraft, why can’t you and I take the trip we’ve been dreaming of? Or give that new hobby a try? Go back to school? Start our own business?

It’s far too easy to fall back on our standard excuses. “Too busy.” “Too tired.” “Too broke.”  “Too old.”

Sorry, but those are excuses, not reasons. In my experience, I find a way to do exactly what I really want to do. If I’m ambivalent, or don’t really want it badly enough, it doesn’t happen.

Test that out in your own life. You’re likely to find you do have the energy, the funds, the time to do things that really matter to you.

And when you do them, why not commemorate them with custom patches? Celebrate YOUR trip to outer space, or climbing Mount Everest, or traveling to Paris, or getting your diploma or degree with patches!

Life’s too short. Don’t let it pass you by. As a certain mentor from another space franchise once said, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Then tell the world about it.

And in the words of a friend of Captain Kirk, live long and prosper.