I just finished reading “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth” by Chris Hadfield. I have never been too interested in space exploration, but this book came recommended to me by a client, so I thought I would give it a try.
Well, I did learn a ton about the space program; all of which was very interesting. Hadfield goes into the logistics of what life on the International Space Station is like, and how weightlessness affects everything you do – things like brushing your teeth (there is no running water on the ISS). He gave wonderful descriptions of the flights to and from the ISS (you could not be a claustrophobic astronaut) and all of the minute details that go into a mission.
But it is his life lessons in the book that rose to the surface for me. After you read how difficult it truly is to become an astronaut (especially a Canadian one), I had a greater appreciation for how hard work and perseverance pays off. He also talks about having the right attitude, being prepared for challenges, and how team work and appreciation keep you in a humble position. His chapter on humility confirmed just how much we remain grounded when we move out of our heads and into our learned experiences.
After reading the book, I checked out a lot of his YouTube videos which featured clips such as “Can You Cry in Space?” to “Brushing Your Teeth in Space.” I watched videos that showed me how astronauts sleep and how to make a PB and honey sandwich. I now have an appreciation and interest in the space program thanks to this book. 🙂
“An Astronaut’s Guide to Life On Earth” by Chris Hadfield is a worthy read.
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