It started with a tv show. “Space… The final frontier” said the disembodied voice. And then you see her. The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-d. I was caught it was the coolest thing I had seen as a kid. Take in mind this was the early 90’s the show was already into its lifespan. Going from the “Silver Hawks” and “Thunder Cats” to real life androids and the Borg! I was blown away. All the sudden the doors to science fiction were blown open. I devoured every episode every movie including and not limited to; bugging the manager of a Jack N The box for his name tag, because they were shaped like communicators at the time. This was 94 and I was ten when “Generations” came out. I started watching TOS and just wishing I could be Kirk.
I did not have a great upbringing. The lessons Trek taught me are still prevalent.
- Don’t be selfish: The needs of the many out way the needs of a few.
- Don’t be a Racist or sexist: Female Chief Security officer that kicks ass. Almost all data episodes. Warf! The first interracial kiss. Sulu (Oh My) I could go on and on
- Be a captain but there is always more to learn
- Keep learning and exploring; “…Seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
And for me the most important. You can do everything right, and still lose. You have to face fear. To quote another brilliant SiFi series “Fear is the mind killer” in the new time line there is a quote that i always loved.
“The purpose is to experience fear, fear in the face of certain death, to accept that fear, and maintain control of oneself and one’s crew. This is the quality expected in every Starfleet captain.”
This is how i live my life. Think logically and steady. Anything I’m going threw is not impossible its just difficult. With my family or at work this is something that has always made me thrive under pressure. At the end of the day tho. It was that ship. The way it felt so real to me as it flew threw space.
Oh and one last thing.
Live Long and Prosper 🖖