• Jennifer Barnick

Dreaming in Outer Space

Apollo 11

When I was a little girl my parents took us kids on a southern U.S. tour for vacation. Stops included Graceland, Disney World, and the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral Florida. By far Cape Canaveral was my favorite and two things really stood out: in the dining hall there was a replica of the Apollo 11 in a corner of the hall. Out of the hatch opening was a conveyer belt from which all sorts of food items such as burgers, fries, and slices of cake came floating out of the Apollo 11. Your job was to walk along with your tray and pick up items that you wanted. The second thing that stood out was the genuine moon rocks on display. My family had to drag me out of the museum because I could not stop staring at them. They unfortunately were behind glass, so I could not touch them. However, I was very good at touching things with my eyes and could use my imagination to fill in the details my fingers and hands would have delivered. I just could not believe the wildness of seeing something on Earth that was on the moon. The moon is very abstract in a way, and yet by seeing the rocks it suddenly became as real as earth. I was dazzled.

Dreams are a lot like the moon in combination with space exploration. The moon is lovely to peer at though still abstract. However, with loads and loads of effort and a few good men that moon can become real. If you have not visited the Kennedy Space Center I implore you to go—you will see a side of humanity that has not lost its dream.

I am a huge fan of Casey Neistat. He is an award-winning film maker, he created and starred in an HBO television series, he is a You Tube phenomenon, and a successful entrepreneur (he recently sold his company Beme to CNN for 25 million dollars.) Today I am going to share with you one of my very favorite short films of his. Please take the time to watch it. You will, I believe, fall in love with dreaming again.

Jennifer Barnick is a painter and writer. She studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She founded Twenty-two Twenty-eight. “One of the most exciting aspects of Twenty-two Twenty-eight is building a channel for artists and writers to share their work with the world.” You can follow Jennifer on her Instagram here.

Check out Jennifer’s book. You can read the first short story for free on Amazon here.