How the Space Shuttle can change your life

by Starla J. King on April 17, 2012

Inspiration starts with wonder.

I hadn’t realized the Space Shuttle Discovery was being carried to Dulles Airport (Washington DC area) today.

Luckily I was taking a news (aka procrastination) moment on Facebook and saw photos of the space shuttle riding piggyback on a massive 747… with a T-38 chase plane ushering it around sacred airspace.  (No, I had no idea the jet was a T-38.  I just got that info from my brother to make me look smart). 

Space Shuttle Discovery (photo credit: AP)

My first reaction was “oh, cool!” and back to work.

Then this email from my deliciously dry-witted nieceling comes in: “I just watched a space shuttle fly by the office.  No big deal.”  and the excited family email conversation quickly fills up our own little airspace.

I got kinda excited, so I did something I almost never do during my workday:  I turned on the TV.  After figuring out how to dig the channel out of its HGTV rut, I found CNN — showing the majestic flyby of the shuttle, the carrier jet, and the T-38 (still smart, yes?).

I plunked down on the couch, and wouldn’t you know I intently watched that piece of history until it eased gently onto the Dulles runway, and I cheered.  Out loud.  By myself in my own little living room.  Why?

Because I let myself be amazed, in awe, and totally transported by wonder:

– How can that thing possibly have been in space?

– How in the world did somebody make that thing in the first place?

– Who ever thought “We need to move that big ole shuttle?  Oh, well, let’s just strap it to an airplane and fly it around…[in the words of my nieceling,] No big deal.”

– Why is it about this that gives me gooserumples?

What is it about something like this that gathers so many of us in front of our TVs, around our computers, has us stop our cars in the middle of a Northern VA road and get totally transported by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event?

It’s the surrender to wonder.


  • The energy that comes from seeing something impossible that clearly undeniably is apparently possible.
  • The proof that things well beyond our imagination can actually become reality.
  • The transportive experience of soaking in the “how in the world…?!?!?!” questions and feeling the answers as pure inspirational energy.

You want to be inspired?  Insightful?  Energized? Creative?  Cutting Edge?  And yes… HAPPY?

Start wondering — openly, curiously, non-judgmentally.  About everything, everywhere, all the time.

What might happen if you shift your life filters to WONDER?  Hmmm… I wonder…….

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Steven April 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Right on, *


Starla J. King April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Right on, Svn.


Mare April 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Love it! And love the permission to wonder. And it’s OK if no one answers the wonder question…


Starla J. King April 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Marecakes, you are a talented “wonderer” if I recall correctly! Great reminder too that the wonder question doesn’t need to be answered…. <3


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