Reaching for freedom

It was on this day 50 years ago that the human species managed to escape the confines of the place it had called home for hundreds of thousands of years. For millions of generations, we looked up at the night sky and wondered what was up there. It took a long, long time, but we took the first step. It's human to reach for great heights, but it's even more human to reach for freedom.

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  1. Thanks for pointing this out, I forgot. I remember this date in relation to my birthday (which is soon) but I’ve been so busy these days I’ve forgotten about my birthday.

    I always have a soft spot for manned (women’d?) space travel – even if robots can do the same thing without the risk. Robots don’t have a sense of wonder, a robot can’t say “wow you guys I’m in space!”

    • Hey Layla,

      Today is my birthday and I only recently learned that this event took place on the same day! I think it’s incredible that an event like this — a step so important to all of humanity — could be unknown to so many.

      I’ve decided to start promoting and celebrating space exploration milestones on this day. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Raam. Happy Birthday. I love your quote at the top of your new layout: We enter each others’ lives for an unknown length of time, but we always leave behind shades of color. Leave beautiful shades.

    Where is this coming from? It really touched me! Really clicked with me…love it.

    PS – Nice new layout. I love how your previous entries are now listed as pictures, very appealing to the eye. However, I found it pretty useful to have several entries with a couple sentence blurbs, versus one full entry right at the beginning of the page. Just giving feedback πŸ™‚ But the new font seems to match with the flow and your content of the blog..its soft and inviting haha

    • Thank you, Natalie!

      That quote was something I thought of after reconnecting with someone special to me and after learning that another friend lost a loved one.

      It got me thinking about how we never know when we’ll come and go, or who will come and go, but we always leave behind something. Since we never know when we’ll go, we may as well make sure we’re leaving behind beautiful things.

      Thank you for your feedback on the new layout! I agree on the need for summaries for each post and I plan to work on a nicer archives section that does just that! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Sandra! It’s an incredible coincidence (or is it?)… I had no idea how many amazing things happened on this day: First human spaceflight, first launch of the Space Shuttle, and the start of the American Civil War.


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