What must Tim Peake be thinking right now?
Two hours before he becomes the first Briton to fly to the ISS under the European Space Agency banner, the rocket fueling and pointing to the stars.
He’s going to space, man.
He’s going to be a spaceman.
I never grew out of my space phase as a kid. Apart from a brief flirtation with the idea of becoming a stuntman (Lee Majors etc.), I always wanted to be an astronaut.
And as I sit glued to my screen to watch the latest brave people living out my dream, my thoughts turn to the idea of bigness. Space, there isn’t anything bigger really is there. As the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy puts it:
‘Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space. ‘
Big, get it?
We can all get dragged down into the small. The details matter (some of them) of course, but they should only be there to support the big.
The big idea.
We are hard-wired as a species to think big. To evolve, to create, to invent, to communicate, to fly…to explore. To ask ‘why’ and to reply with ‘why not’.
And moments like man going to space should serve as a reminder of what is possible, in everything we do.
This is great by the way, inspiring BBC documentary about the history of Britain in space, check it out – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06rf5t8