The end of the space shuttle program brought a nostalgic mood to my house.
Generations of us were molded by the attainment of the impossible. My grandparents’ generation experienced the first airplanes, jet travel, rockets orbiting the earth, humans walking on the moon and landing a reusable spacecraft. It seemed that as humans dreamed it, we did it.
In my house, the nostalgia had us digging out the “From the Earth to the Moon” DVD set. It’s a fabulous account of those awe-inspiring Apollo missions, where Mercury and Gemini left off and Skylab and the shuttle program would pick up. When I watch those episodes, my heart swells.
It’s a thing of beauty, what humans can do. The 1960s and ’70s had no laptops, no fiber optics, no cell phones. Those guys were using slide rules and punch cards. Thousands of people across the country had to do their jobs 100 percent right, from the people mopping floors to the people strategizing plans and acquiring funding. Everyone did his job to his maximum capacity, and together we went to the moon in a tin can with less computing power than a Wal-Mart calculator.
Absolutely amazing. It blows me away.
When I think about the capabilities we all hold within — and know that some of us tick away the precious minutes of our finite lives prostrate on a couch, watching inane reality TV shows — I almost want to cry. What would the world look like if everyone engaged their talents, worked to their capacity? If the focus shifted from Twinkies to inventions? From advertising gimmicks to curing cancer? From vapid television shows to a garden?
We wouldn’t flounder in self-pity. We wouldn’t eat to obesity. We wouldn’t sit so long that our bodies became incapable of carrying us. We would exalt our individual and collective greatness. We would greet each day with our fullest capacity, anxious to show the world what we can contribute.
If “we” can get to the moon, surely “you” can get healthy and fit.
• Shannon Sorrels is an NSCA-certified personal trainer and owner of Physix LLC in Ahwatukee Foothills. Reach her at (480) 428-5660 or www.azphysix.com