Jackie Robinson Shows Yuri Gagarin How To Steal Home

You can tell a lot about a person by who they choose as their hero

I have many:

my Mom, my Dad, Jackie Robinson, Lenny Bruce, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela

Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Rosa Parks, Yuri Gagarin

what impresses me most about Yuri Gagarin isn’t that he is the first man into space

is that four men died before he got his shot

he knew that man to space had an 0 for 4 survival rating

and still he got on his space suit

got into his spaceship

and said:

Let’s go!

And how much did the weight of gravity weigh on him

pushing him to defy such arbitrary laws

and how much did the sense of freeing humanity from its pull

propel him to shoot hellbent into the upper echelons of the atmosphere

and how much of it was ego

to be the first to leave the stratosphere and come back and talk about it

I’m not judging

simply asking

Yuri Gagarin’s legacy goes beyond the stars

right to the core of who we are

and what we wish we’d be.

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