Hello and welcome!!
Wow, this has been an absolutely WILD ride!! Currently, our odds of going to space have never been higher and the thought of winning a seat aboard Inspiration4 is overwhelming to me! I know I've said it a million times before, but I've wanted to go into orbit, look down on our planet, and experience microgravity my ENTIRE life and my imagination is running wild!
ALSO, my head is swimming with content ideas for space! Not just the actual mission, but the training process too! As someone who is mostly known for their music and voiceover work, I realize I have a pretty incredible opportunity here to bring the wonder and excitement of human spaceflight to an audience who may have never thought about it before because it seemed so foreign and out of reach! My hope is that, if I'm selected, I can be an ambassador for the artists, movie buffs, and music enthusiasts who may have never even imagined they'd have a chance to do something like this! If I can bring my love of space to a bigger audience and subsequently contribute to advancements in human spaceflight, I will have accomplished a lifelong dream and I will do WHATEVER it takes to make that dream a reality!!
I have poured my heart and soul into this, making a wide range of products for my Shift4Shop store, donating to StJude daily, and trying my best to hit the key points of virality, inspiration, entertainment value, and entrepreneurial spirit in my video submission. It has been an incredible journey but even if I don't win, I'm glad I entered! For much of my life and online career, I have kept my passion for space relatively quiet because I didn't feel like my audience would understand or appreciate it. I was wrong. The amount of support and enthusiasm I have seen from my following has been overwhelming and I intend to continue to share my love for science with the world from now on!
This is also the first time I have talked about having Asperger's in a meaningful way. I have avoided the topic in the past for a few reasons, but mostly because I didn't feel like it was really necessary to bring it up. Having Asperger's is a part of who I am, but it doesn't define me and I didn't feel like it was relevant to my music, voiceover, and internet personality-based career. However, thanks to the Inspiration 4 Contest, my opinion has changed. I realize now that I have been missing an opportunity to inspire OTHERS on the Autism Spectrum to do great things! Over the last two weeks, so many people have messaged me, telling me that I have given them hope, and it has totally re-framed the way I see my condition. I used to say "never use adversity as an excuse to stop trying" and while I still believe that, I would also like to add an addendum: "You may have unique struggles, but you also have unique abilities. Use your gifts to overcome your challenges, and inspire others to do the same!"
I've done a lot of things in my life. I've had some incredible highs and abysmal lows, but through it all, I've realized that the happiest I've ever been is when I'm helping others! I have a chance to do that now, and whether it's from up in space, or down here on the ground, I'm going to keep working to encourage and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and dreamers. We all have the power to make a positive difference, and every incredible journey begins with inspiration.
Ok, I'd better stop typing before I break my keyboard (when I get excited, I type really hard)!
Thank you all for reading and for your amazing, wonderful, overwhelming support! Win or lose, you have inspired me to pursue my dreams and I can never thank you enough!
Until next time,
P.S. Sorry for the cheesy picture, I wasn't sure what to use so I went to the ol' headshots folder. :-P