Without trying to sound sycophantic, or making this all about me, I wanted to speak a little about Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli today as he celebrates his birthday. Way back when Asgardia launched I was looking for a change. Something to shake up my life, something to shake up the drab ...
Without trying to sound sycophantic, or making this all about me, I wanted to speak a little about Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli today as he celebrates his birthday. Way back when Asgardia launched I was looking for a change. Something to shake up my life, something to shake up the drab and hopeless world. That's when he revealed his visionary plan to drive humanity forward towards being a spacefaring people and to create the first 'Space Nation', I signed up straight away.
It wasn't long before I found myself getting more and more involved in his project - I started writing blogs, sharing information, chatting with like-minded people and creating content for Asgardian 'Citizens'.
I was getting swept up in the tides of change that Dr. Ashurbeyli's vision was creating and I had never felt more alive. Each day I was spending more and more time 'becoming an Asgardian'. I was hanging out online, on the forums and I even registered myself in the early 'trendsetter' system so that I could do more to help build the nation.
Not long after this, I started working as a volunteer for Civic Asgardia and I threw my hat in with the Parliamentary Elections, hoping to become one of those key people that would be responsible for building the nation and defining the rules that the nation would run on. While I didn't make it as a member of Parliament I gained a lot of support from my fellow Asgardians and the door was opened for me to start contributing to Asgardia.
I started to invest my time into creating content and working on Asgardia's digital media, talking with followers and residents and sharing information in an official capacity. I was fortunate enough to attend the inauguration of the Head of Nation doing work to help promote the event and share details with the people 'back home'.
It was in Vienna on the 24th that I had my first opportunity to meet Dr. Ashurbeyli - Though I had already been working for Asgardia for some time, this was the first 'face-to-face' meeting that I had with him.
It struck me how down to earth he was - yet he was able to speak with knowledge on a wide range of subjects and had an air of authority about him. I had an opportunity to ask a question about Virtual Reality, I was discussing how it could be an asset for Asgardia to move into the VR industry as it was growing and how it would offer synergies with our digital nation.
Dr. Ashurbeyli told me that he agreed and that he found the technology very interesting - And he rounded off our discussion by saying "This is why we need young people - we need them for their innovation and fresh thinking. Let the old people worry about the laws and technical details and let the young people dream of a wonderful future." - I'm paraphrasing here, but it was very inspirational.
The whole meeting really made me believe in Dr. Ashurbeyli as a visionary - the way he spoke, the way that he thought about the future and his willingness to work for the future of humanity with the understanding that he may never get to enjoy the benefits of the very thing that he is creating - It's the mark of a great man.
While I may just be caught in the winds of this grand ambition and I'm tumbling along doing what I can to help, I can't really thank Dr. Ashurbeyli and Asgardia enough for having such a profound and lasting impact on my life. All the new connections, the new places, the new thoughts and the challenges that I have been exposed to in the past 2 years have really been a grand adventure for me.
So with that, I offer my warmest wishes to the Head of Nation and bid him a happy birthday.