50 Years Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20th 1969, Neil Armstrong immortalized his first step on the moon with his exclamation: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.

As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, like millions of other people around the world, I remember vividly where I was when the Eagle landed, I was glued in front of the TV with my family and friends to witness this historical moment.

While landing on the Moon was a tremendous inspiration for humankind, paving the way for innovation and technology we are still benefiting from today, the daunting WHAT NEXT question remains. What next for humankind and more importantly, what next for us, what next for me?

What the Apollo 11 success taught me was that unless we try something which seems impossible we have little chance to ever know if what we are aiming to achieve is possible or not.

When I look back at all the seemingly impossible feats I managed to accomplish in the last 50 years, they all share the same blueprint. Each time I was facing what seemed to be an impossible task, I tried to make it work. Sometimes it did and sometimes it did not. But, thanks to this relentless attitude, many of them did work out.

My generation saw the advent of many impossible dreams become a reality. While I don’t know how many more impossible frontiers will be crossed in the next decade, I definitely wish that we continue dreaming and hoping and trying to reach new horizons as it is the only way to find out what is possible or not.

Karin Genton-L’Epée