Sometimes, our childhood dreams and ambitions may not necessarily end up with what reality has in store for us. Many of us wind up doing pretty ordinary jobs, earning a pretty ordinary salary, and living a pretty normal life. That’s a pretty decent adult life as far as things are concerned, right?
But if you ask Jonny Kim, working with an average 9-to-5 job will not be enough to keep him satisfied. In fact, since being born, Jonny has gone on to have an incredibly decorated career.
Jonny had a pretty normal childhood and adolescence growing up in the US. He later decided and signed up to join the Navy Seals.
Starting off as a seaman recruit, he then underwent the extremely physically taxing 2 years Seal training program. This later on caused him to became a full-fledged Navy Seal. He had his superiors deployed him to the front lines in Iraq as a member of Seal Team 3.
As a Navy Seal, he took on the responsibility of combat medic, sniper, navigator, and point man for SEAL Team 3. He became and active and deployed corps over 100 times between 2006 and 2008. , He received awards like Silver Star and a Bronze Star with a Combat “V” for his efforts.
IIn 2006, his succeeding deployment to the field inspired Jonny to became a physician. He then went on and took medicine as his next choice of career after his time with the Navy Seals. He said that the helplessness of watching one of your own team members lie hurt left a profound impact on him.
“Seeing first hand how the surgeon was there to save lives and limbs, and even to save the function of some people’s limbs — just looking at that inspired me.”
This led him to apply for medical school through a program affiliated with the Navy Seals. He later ended up having an invitation into Harvard Medical School.
Graduating in 2016, he began his Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
But despite already finishing up 2 course, these achievements still didn’t satisfy him. This prompted Jonny to apply and join the NASA astronaut candidate program.
For those of you who don’t know, NASA does only once every four years. Out of the thousands of applicants, he was one of twelve that was selected, and will be undergoing training before being sent to space.
Many of us had spent a lifetime honing our skills in one particular career. But the case seems to be very different for this young man. What’s more amazing is the fact that Jonny is only 35-years-old.
With such a passion and drive to achieve so much in life, we wish for nothing but the best for Jonny on his future endeavors, from the face of Earth until he reach the outer space.