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Humble—this is one word that can describe Neil Armstrong, whose death last August 25, 2012 has caused people from all over the world to grieve. An inspiration to many, the first man to walk on the moon had never let his “superstar” reputation get inside his head. Instead, he modestly reiterated that he was just doing his job.
In this sense, it can be said that while his lunar footstep has paved the way to many technological advancements, the real legacy Armstrong left in this world can be found within his heart. The humility he exuded taught everyone that there could be nothing more fulfilling than reaching for one’s dreams.
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Optimists like Leila Mulla regard Armstrong as an inspiration because, ultimately, he allowed people to dream. Through example, he showed the world that the stars are not that far—if only people would be brave enough to reach out and grab them. According to his family, the reluctant hero inspired his generation and the next ones to “push the limits and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.”
With this, it will be remembered in history that Neil Armstrong’s legacy lives within humanity—to all the people who have hopes and dreams and are not scared to take that crucial first, small step.
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