As a woman intent upon growing wilder as I grow older, I love to see females such as Wally Funk complete a life long dream of going into outer space.
The 82 year old fulfilled her dream six decades after being denied the opportunity by the US government. She entered an astronaut program that was ultimately abandoned before she had the chance to fulfill her mission.
Wally spent 11 minutes on Tuesday on a suborbital flight conducted by Blue Origin. In her own words, she says “I’ve been waiting a long time to finally get up there, and I’ve done a lot of astronaut training through the world – Russia, America – and I could always beat the guys on what they were doing because I was always stronger and I’ve always done everything on my own.”
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“When I went up this morning the noise wasn’t quite as bad as expected and we went right on up and I saw dark. I thought I would see the world but we weren’t quite high enough.”
I guess Wally’s experience is a reminder to all of us. It’s never too late to achieve a dream, even one as lofty as Wally’s. Growing wilder isn’t always about returning to nature. It’s about breaking the status quo!
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