MARCH 28, 2013 — THE DAY MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER
“For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.”
John F. Kennedy.
During Spring Break, March 28, 2013, to be exact, my family had decided to go the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on a trip up to St. Augustine. Little did I know, this trip to KSC would change my life forever.
Ever since I was four years old, I was set on being a famous singer. No questions asked that was what I wanted to do. There was no changing my ways; I believed I was born to be onstage in front of thousands of people singing my heart out and telling my story. Just as I thought my story could not be changed, it changed in a way that altered my whole view on the world, literally (visit Performance History to view a list of past performances).
There I was, walking up to the front entrance of KSC with the famous quote by John F. Kennedy right in front of me. I had no idea what I was in for. I took a turn and right above the entrance gate was the word “EXPLORE” in big blue letters. Right then and there I realized I had to do that – keep in mind, I did not know what “that” was.
I went through the gate to see seven giants towering towards the sky. Those seven giants were the Mercury-Redstone, Atlas and Titan rockets that took the first American men into space. Having very little knowledge about space, I was suddenly overwhelmed with a feeling I have never felt before. I just knew, in my gut, that I was meant to do this. I was meant to explore; I was meant to become an astronaut.
Ever since that day, KSC has become my second home. Each and every time I walk in that gate it feels like the first time. I have met a number of astronauts and have heard their stories. Now it is time to make my own story.
Follow me on my journey from looking up at the planets and stars to looking back upon Earth while standing on Mars!
Disclosure – Being an astronaut is more like a hobby. It takes years of experience and hard work to be lucky enough to become apart of this prestigious group. You must be a master in your career and have the desire and passion to explore.
My (hopeful) career path is to become a naval aviator – fighter jets of course – and then segway to a naval astronaut. For more information on my career path and journey, please click here.