Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, died yesterday.
Reading his accomplishments on Wikipedia makes me realise that there is no limit to what a normal person can aspire to:
- He earned his flying licence at 15
- Fought the Korean war as a Navy pilot at 20
- Got a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering at 25
- Became a test pilot at 25
- Became an astronaut at 32
- Flew in space on Gemini 8 at 36
- Flew Apollo 11 and was the first man on the moon at 39
- Got a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering at 40
- Became a Professor in Aeronautical Engineering at 41
- Served as Director in many companies until he was 72
- Died last night at 82
In a statement release by his family last night, it is written that “[he was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”
To selflessly serve a cause greater than oneself.
Thank you, Mr Neil Armstrong.