I can remember sitting on the top stair leading to the bedrooms in my parents' summer house in Harvey's Lake Pennsylvania, watching and listening surreptitiously as Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. It was a remarkable moment to be alive-kids on every continent imagined themselves walking across the lunar surface, daring to dream they could one day do so.
It was a long time ago. The workaday world has ground down most if not many of those dreamers but as of yesterday we now know of at least one exception, a child of the Canadian farmland, incited by Armstrong's efforts to dare to do and not just dream, who grew up and took to the heavens over our heads, Chris Hadfield, most recently the Commander of the International Space Station. Hadfield spent five months on the ISS and used all the social media at his command to reinfuse space exploration with more buzz than it has had since To Infinty and Beyond.
That he capped his return to terra firma by releasing a cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity, a song David Bowie was inspired originally to write by Neil Armstrong's long ago walk on the moon, tells me for every beginning there is an ending and that we must play the game existence to the end of the beginning.