As I’ve said before, I don’t consider myself a reader, but that is about to change. Starting today rather than watching TV as I fall asleep in bed I am going to pick up a book. Today I was watching a video shared on Facebook by a friend about an engineer, Destin, who was challenged by a friend to ride a bike that he had modified so that the handlebars went in the opposite direction of the tire.  He was so frustrated that he decided to learn how to ride it. The video has some great insights and is entertaining to boot. At the end of the video he encouraged us to read a book called “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris Hadfield. So, I decided that would be my first book this summer.

This video reminded me of my husband, David. His tenacity (which I admire) would not allow him to settle for the conventional “I give up”. He needed to prove to himself that he could do it.

Amazon description of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft.

In his bestselling An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories, his vivid and refreshing insights will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth-especially your own.

Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe.New York Post

Photo by San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives