“Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.” –Ronald Reagan
Three years ago, Sally Ride — the first American woman in space — died of pancreatic cancer. This past week would have been her 64th birthday; she left us far too soon. It’s easy, when we look back on her life, to consider what she accomplished, the barriers she broke, and who she was as a person and as a professional.
But there’s a legacy she left behind that’s quite possibly far more meaningful than any of that: the legacy that everyone can grow up to realize their dreams, and become anything they have the desire and capabilities of becoming. Because of Sally Ride, I — and everyone my age and younger — grew up in a world where there were no limits to being all you can become.