Today I love the overachievers like good old Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to last 90 days and sent its last heart-wrenching message home after fifteen years of sterling service. I love how we as a species have reached out so far from where we are by sending our hopes and dreams in the form of a little device that we them romanticized and glorified and personified with character. I love that it lived up to its name and took advantage of every chance to continue, to thrive, to survive as long as it could. I love that it went above and beyond. I love that its tenacity makes me feel like it was truly our ambassador to the red planet. I love that in its last words it is so easy to read its hopes and its regrets, even though they are clearly just programmed responses to situations. I love that that crazy little rover went so far beyond what it was built to do and that it has captured hearts and imaginations with its slow and plodding determination and stubbornness. I love that it has earned the affectionate name of Oppy. I love that it brought to reality the perfect example of what we can do when we want to and then colored it in a way that revealed to us how much we admire determination when we see it in the right light.
Today I love being in my Wednesday office and getting back to regular life and regular tasks. I love finding myself comforted by everyday things. I love being able to comfort myself just by taking inventory of my life and the parts of it that I love. I love that the storm we were supposed to get yesterday wasn’t much of it, and though we’re supposed to have bad weather again today, we had a fairly good drive here. I love that yesterday threw me a bit of a curve ball but I managed to get mostly caught up and am back on track. I love being on track.
Today I love dreaming because dreaming makes you aware of where you’d like to be going in your life. I love cat memes and bad puns and being ready for anything. I love people who know how to jump over a snowbank ’cause those are the real Canadians whether they stop to grumble at it first or not.
Today I love sitting in my Wednesday office, sipping my coffee and contemplating how much like Opportunity we are, often trundleing along long after we have finished what we set about to accomplish.