...Slow down, step away and enjoy the small things.
Space X crashed a rocket during its landing last week and it was still considered an immense success for Elon Musk, "Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future though". Not only was it groundbreaking for Musk, but it was huge for the rest of humanity. Thinking about it today, these breakthroughs in rocket science don't really amount to much. But actually in the decades to come they will amount to something more significant to our everyday society than can even be imagined. It makes you wonder if somewhere in the world right now people are quietly sowing their path, learning and making mistakes; crashing and burning so that through the work they do now humanity can one day yield more power and go further than ever before.
It's incredibly hard to take such a conceptual idea with us during our daily lives. We go to work or do our study and submit ourselves to the regular hustle and bustle of life while the broader significance of our intentions disappears. We start to forget our purpose. As humans it's in our DNA to care more about the people and the world that’s within arms reach than anything else. It's easy for us to say "That's stupid, that idea will never work."
"Why would I need to go to the moon? Rockets are useless to me."
But ten, or twenty years down the track those same rockets that were 'useless' could be the most valuable object to our existence. We're humans and because of this we have the opportunity to create that value and contribute to the world beyond what's immediately in front of us. Regardless of how fast, slow, long or short our lifespans seem we can be a changing force.
“Try to find beauty where beauty is not obvious. Try to find wonder where wonder is not self evident. Notice the unnoticed things. Put the "extra" in the ordinary.”
- Andre Souza
Technology has been moving forward in leaps and bounds for as long as anyone remembers. Usually you associate technological innovation with things that are of monolithic significance and are a fundamental part of everyday life, like the internet, personal computers, smartphones, digital cameras and televisions. But innovation can also be incredibly subtle.
As the limitations of technology diminish, the need for innovation to be obvious follows suit. In the future the most valuable things in our lives won't be as overt as smartphones. Truly considerable innovations will simply bleed into the background often going unnoticed.
Sometimes the most significant objects in existence are the small things. The ones we thought were 'useless'. They're changing the ways we communicate with each other, making our lives more exciting, bringing us closer to the people we care about and facilitating new ways to accomplish more. It makes sense that we can’t fully appreciate their value, but despite their insignificance we practically wear them as a part of us.
"If I had to ask people what they want, they would have said faster horses."
- Henry Ford