Many years ago I used to work in IT, and one of the many things my team did was to design and build pages (like the one you are currently reading), based on a usually very long list of requirements set out by our customers. The wish list of one particular customer was always rather demanding and we likened it to him wanting the moon on a stick, something which he rarely got (due to time and budget constraints), but he did usually receive a top-notch solution from us, filled with first-class, starry features.
If we don’t aim high, perhaps because we are constrained by our fears or just overly cosy in our comfort zone, we can instead settle for mediocre (if that) and stay rooted in the same-old, same-old existence. As time progresses, our world becomes smaller too. If, however, we look upwards at the shining moon and choose to shine beside it, we may not succeed in our first (or even 2nd, 3rd or 4th etc) attempt, but in trying we will have reached dizzier heights than planet-humdrum, perhaps found a sparkle within us that we never knew existed, and learnt valuable lessons to help light our way in future. No attempt leaves us poorer than before, for we have gained experience, a little confidence and expanded our comfort zone, if only a little.
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” Norman Vincent Peale