Thank you for being you and for being a part of the elasmonaut journey.
It might seem odd that we finish this program with discussing failure but it is an important factor of life and certainly something we should not fear.
Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure, but the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. Failure is not fun and we are not romanticising it but there are benefits to failure, you may discover you have a strong will, that your friends and family support you through set backs, you will never truly know yourself and your strength until it has been tested.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all” - J.K. Rowling
Your qualifications and your grades are not you, they do not define you.
We can fail at the things we don’t want so we might as well take a chance of the things we do.
How are you feeling about your future? Are there things you are worried about?
What are some things you admire about your fellow elasmonauts?
Let’s talk about the crucial importance of imagination. Imagination is not just the ability to imagine that which is not, it is our ability to emphasise and imagine how others might feel having never been in their shoes.
Imagination, according to the English dictionary is;
the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.
In 1904, Tuxedo-clad audiences accustomed to somber and serious dramas were stunned by a production set in a whimsical world of make-believe, starring a band of energetic children. J.M. Barrie introduced us to a land of ticking crocodiles, fairies, pirates, and an ageless, mischievous, flying boy named Peter Pan. Neverland continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of many.
1997 marked the beginning of the wizarding world. With over 450 million copies sold, Harry Potter is the best selling book series of all time. A school with moving staircases, a sport played on flying broomsticks, this infinite magical world is one that will forever capture the hearts of both adults and children into the future.
As children we have such colourful imaginations, society often leads us to believe that we should lose this as we advance into 'adulthood'. Seeing the world through a more 'realistic' form of reality. Both the Wizarding world of Harry Potter and the eternal world of Peter Pan capture and bring forth our inner child. Here we experience joy, laughter, friendship, freedom.
This world can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to navigate. Imagination offers us a momentary escape, allowing us to join hands with your creativity. This harmonious friendship enables us to change the way we perceive the world, shaping our beliefs, sparking ideas and innovation and bring to life concepts that are yet to be sensory experienced.
It is our imaginations that allow us, as humans, to experience empathy. Allowing us to understand how others feel without ever having been in their shoes. Collective empathy is a strong intangible bond that unites us. Empathy is an igniting emotion, it breeds understanding, sparks passion and fuels change.
Through our imaginations, we are able to design, invent and create. In fact there are no limits to our imaginations and, in an era where there is more pollution, more carbon dioxide than ever before, where the extinction rate of animals is scarily high, it is essential that we use our imaginations to innovate, create and work together towards a better future.
We have the power to imagine better.
Remember there is only, and only ever will be - One You.
We touch the lives of others simply by being a part of this Universe.
How will you influence the world around you. Use what you have to alter the world around you.
You are new wave in an ocean of vast possibilities.