Per Ardua Ad Astra is the motto of the Canadian Royal Air Force.

Per Ardua Ad Astra

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada.

Per Ardua Ad Astra is the motto of the RAF as well as several commonwealth air forces throughout the world, including Canada. This Latin phrase translates roughly as “Through adversity to the stars”.

I am old enough that Latin was on my curriculum as an elective. I elected. Let the jokes begin. My rationale was that many European languages are based on Latin. I was right. This stood me in good stead on my European travels. I could happily stumble along in most situations. Hey, I’m still here. I can think of several interactions where this may not have been the case. But those are not stories for here and now.

This inspirational motto has driven many to achieve things they would not have believed themselves capable of. Do, or do not. There is no try. Brace yourself, gird your loins, and leap. Or as some of my Canadian friends would say… git ‘er done. Different words. Same sentiment.

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