To Touch the Stars is a song written and produced by astronaut Scott Tingle’s son. It was written to honor his family’s journey to reach his dreams.
Watch me touch the stars is one of the lines of the chorus. Fitting for the videos he used. Fitting for his father, the astronaut. But oh, so appropriate for anyone who’s reaching for a dream.
Touching the stars implies we have to stretch–a long way. Anyone reaching for a dream must stretch themselves. You must do what you never thought you could do.
“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”
~ Maya Angelou
That doesn’t mean you must reach the stars on your first stretch.
Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
~ Nelson Mandela
Sometimes it’s difficult to break the dream down into small steps because you may not know what it takes to get there.
“Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.”
~Susan L. Taylor
Too often we think of the missteps, the mistakes, as wrong or bad.
“I love myself for all my mistakes and missteps. They have been very valuable to me. They have taught me many things. It is the way I learn. I am willing to stop punishing myself for my mistakes.”
Sometimes in the reaching for a particular star, you learn there’s another star. It’s okay to change directions. Reach and touch the star that’s truest to your heart, your passion, your soul.
“If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.”
~P. T. Barnum
Of course, you all know that my dream has been to write and publish a book so of course, I must include this quote:
“A book, too, can be a star, explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
– Madeleine L’Engle
Whatever your dream is…
“The sky is full of stars, invisible by day.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and change the world.”