To be the first astronaut to Mars is a huge dream, and one that will require support from the entire world. Putting my dream out there for the world to see two years ago was an incredibly frightening idea. I didn’t know how people would react to it, and per human nature I was worried to take the next step – to take the dream that I had held close to my heart, and to share it with others. But I knew that I needed to have the support of people around the world to make this dream a reality. So I decided to jump in…and have been rewarded by having a community of people surround and support me. The reaction that I received was amazing. Knowing that others share and support my dream has only made my drive to reach space, and Mars, even greater.
People say I’m a dreamer, but I’ve learned I’m not the only one. I’ve learned that there is a community of dreamers out there, and that by working together, we can make dreams come true.
My daily work to make this dream a reality is complemented by the incredible community I have built of mentors and coaches and supporters both online and in person. My dream is big and along the way I will change the world – not only with this collaborative effort to unite the world, internationally and corporately, towards bringing humans to Mars but also by igniting passions in people everywhere to be excited about human space exploration, STEM and most importantly to inspire people to reach for their own dreams no matter how out of this world they may seem.
Going to Mars won’t be a one nation, or a one program, event. I truly believe that the future of space travel lies in the cooperative effort of all involved parties. By setting the goal to be the first astronaut to Mars, and working towards it, I hope to be able to help create a future where cooperative efforts are the norm for space ventures. Where exploration and discovery are valued above pride and glory.