RIP Neil Armstrong: The Man Who Taught Us to Dream

RIP Neil Armstrong by the Googly Gooeys

RIP Neil Armstrong.

Our first post on Tumblr back in 2010 was this astronaut.  It said, “The Googly Gooeys have landed”.  As a kid, I’ve always been fascinated by Astronomy.  The first time our teacher introduced us to the subject back in grade school, I was very eager to memorize the planets because I knew if I studied well enough, I can become an astronaut one day!!! *Geek alert!* I would even borrow my neighbor’s and cousin’s copy of Childcraft  just to read about the planets. (Childcraft is a kid’s encyclopedia back when there was no Yahoo or Google! But whyyyy….whyyy do I always have to give away my age? Haha.)

Then, as I grew up, I realized that this dream wasn’t so feasible as only a few people are sent to the moon.  So I told myself, I wanted to become a scientist or a famous inventor.  But, someone once told me that inventions are a hit or miss thing.  So I gave up that dream but I told myself I still wanted something in the field of science.  I decided that I wanted to become a doctor!  I was 7 then.  I was tired of getting up early for classes and I asked my mom how many years of school I still had to endure.  I already knew that it would take longer than usual to finish college if I really wanted to become a doctor so I was fine with the idea until I was in my last year of high school.  I was so tired of having very little sleep and I really hated memorizing stuff with my face getting more and more decorated each day.  Thus, becoming a doctor or a lawyer or any course that had to deal with loooooooong readings and memorizing terms was definitely out of the list!  I wanted to become an engineer but I didn’t even know if I had the energy to last five years in college so I resorted to a four year course instead. You may find the rest of the story here.

Anyway, the thing is, until today, I almost forgot how much I wanted to become an astronaut.  Sure, dreams may change along the way based on circumstances and constraints but sometimes, I wonder how many kids actually pursued their purest of dreams? 🙂

Anyway, thank you Neil Armstrong for reminding us to dream again.

May you rest in peace.



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Cherry Suarez
11 years ago

i still want to become an astronaut!
…or an astronomer, at least :p

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