I have always wanted to be an astronaut
Most little girls and boys who have been born in time for the Space Age have dreamed about becoming one; I know I have. Imagine what it would feel like to be a child again. And be given a chance to become an space person; or in other words, an astronaut (duh)… At least pretend for a while…
I still harbor woefully misguided aspirations that I might one day be an astronaut. Obviously, this is never going to happen. I might become super rich, and commercial space flight might actually happen. I can scoot about beyond the stratosphere. But that’s almost as equally unlikely; and not being an astronaut.
To reconcile this dream that will never happen I’ve decided to consider the actual process of becoming a final frontier space ranger and the subsequent life. I’m not far off convincing myself that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…
Astronaut training is ridiculously tough
This seems a little unfair considering the actual education requirements, the essential bit of the job that makes you an astronaut, is being willing to be tethered to a 150-foot tall firework. To even be considered, you need to have a considerable amount of letters after your name, specifically Ph.D. and preferably more than one. And in subjects such as rocket science and astrophysics. Tricky. You also need a superhuman body to go with your super human brain, only the most supreme of athletes need to apply. If you’re defective (read, wear glasses) in any way you can’t even park in the NASA lot. It’s discriminatory!
It’s all ok though because if you get through all this, you get given a ray gun, a teleporter wristwatch and your very own spaceship to go off and meet/battle aliens. That kind of reminds me of a couple video games I have on my computer.. Awesome. Or so you’d think. Actually, you don’t get to do any such thing. Instead you sit around for years desperately trying to stay ultra-fit while passing tests of crippling mental difficulty every day until the call comes. You’re going to space!
Astronaut and aliens!
As far as aliens, ray-guns and teleporters go they’re in short supply. In fact the only reality of this assertion is the aliens. Alien life-forms to be exact and they’re less like the movies and more like krill, admittedly space krill, but krill none the less. Whatever, it’s going to be a while before you’re dressing it up to disguise it from your mom or firing it out of the airlock and burning it to a crisp with your boosters.
Wouldn’t it just be the greatest birthday present you can give your child to make him or her into an astronaut even for a day. Imagine their face light up when you tell them that this is what you have planned for their special day. Looking for the right birthday party supplies is not as hard as you might think. There are quite a lot of places wherein you can find these things like specialty shops, children’s stores and the Internet. You can also create a special custom-made costume just to fit your special little one. Creating astronaut party supplies is almost as fun as buying the rest of the party favors.
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First things first, when planning your birthday party, you must take into consideration the venue, you have to make sure that it will fit the number of kids that you are planning to have. Next you have to visualize the environment and imagine what it would look like with all the birthday party supplies already strategically placed all around. Searching for the right astronaut party supplies is not as difficult as you might think and there are of course a lot of sources that I have mentioned earlier.
The most important thing you have to think about
When preparing a party like this would be to listen to your child, the celebrant. It of course is very important that you are doing something that your child will be happy about, it is not just about the Astronaut party supplies, the birthday party supplies or even the gifts. What is most important is that your child will know that you indeed love him or her and are willing to do what it takes to make them happy. This is what it is all about.
No the likelihood is once the thrill of blast off has happened you’ll be stationed on a floating bit of junk that needs constant repairs. And seeing as you’re the only one up there it’s you who’ll be sent into the breach. Cool! Not really, imagine doing roadside repairs to your AMC Pacer underwater. Yeah, it’s going to be a bit like that.
A life in space might not be all you imagined as a youth, nevertheless even after the attempt to discourage myself and bust the myth do I still want to be an astronaut? Err… Yeah actually. I’m off to do some long division and sit-ups!