magical moments

magical moments often happen when you least expect it. they can come and go in mere seconds and pass you by if you arent paying attention. I am fortunate enough, at this point in my life, to be aware and able to experience such magical moments.

   

Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) is seen from Top of the Town in Arlington, Virginia as it flies near the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Washington. Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA’s shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to begin its new mission to commemorate past achievements in space and to educate and inspire future generations of explorers. Photo Credit: (NASA/Chris Gunn)

This is one of many magical moments that we, as DC peeps, got to see this morning. NASA’s Discovery shuttle flew it’s final flight, over the DC metro area today to come to it’s final resting place in Dulles, VA at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum; part of the Smithsonian and a national treasure, this piece of history will live out its days in an airplane hanger.  The cool thing about this, is while it may represent the true end of the shuttle program, it represents a much bigger piece to the future of human exploration and space flight…. deep space will be tackled. I am personally rooting for us to go to mars in the Orion capsule. Here’s hoping.

Enough about NASA, my point with this post is broader than just seeing the shuttle piggy backed through DC, although, this post was inspired by the event; this post is about how you can catch magical moments every other minute if you just open your eyes. One of many magical moments to happen in my life, was when my husband moved to the DC area to be with me. The run from the car to me to embrace in a hug. Another magical moment, realizing that my friends from years ago, are still my friends today. My good friends. I realized this a while ago but it really hit home a couple of months back when I was initially interviewing for the job here at NASA and I was only in town for literally a day and a half. They dropped everything to meet up and have dinner with me. I was reminded of this fact when Rachel and I stood in the parking lot last night at our game talking about life for a while and then again when I was gmail chatting with Leah and Earl this morning. Life is magical and I am finally able to see it, soak it in, and enjoy every minute. Between friends, amazing family (husband, folks, brother — side note: my pop is doin great! he is home again and resting up.) and our nation’s capital, I dont think I will ever be devoid of awesomeness.

Look around. Maybe you can see it too.

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