As NASA astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison said, “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”
How often do you let other people limit you? Mae Carol Jemison had a vision of going to space as a young girl. She was inspired by Dr. King’s bravery and actress Nichelle Nichols’ portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek. When Mae told her kindergarten teacher she wanted to be a scientist, the teacher tried to encourage her to become a nurse. Despite butting up against sexism and racism, she received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1977 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Cornell Medical College in 1981. After working as a Peace Corps Medical Officer and at the Center for Disease Control, she applied for the NASA astronaut program. In September 1992, she flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-47–the 50th shuttle mission–becoming the first African-American woman in space. Regardless of what other people say, go for the moon. Be audacious with your dreams. If a calling has been placed in your heart, believe in it. Don’t internalize other people’s limited visions. Continue to remind yourself of your potential. Find inspiration even if it is in a fictional character. If you can imagine it, you can manifest it. Build your skills and pursue every opportunity that moves you in the right direction. Be willing to work hard and be prepared for lift off when the moment comes.
Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!
With Purpose & Power,
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.
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