No one has asked me recently if I want to go to the moon.
At least, if anyone has tried to email me or send me notices of a free space flight, a once-in-a-lifetime offer of a trip to the lunar satellite—well, the notices haven’t yet shown up in my inbox or my mailbox.
But I have wondered recently—if someone offered me a trip to the moon, what would I say?
Some people could probably tell you what I would say…it depends…
But what does it depend on? How many months or years of preparation it would take? How nervous the idea of space travel makes me? How well the safety statistics are balanced toward survival? How much I might or might not have dreamed of walking on lunar dust?
Or does it just depend on whether I can say yes or if I’m more comfortable hiding behind the answer no?
How often do we miss adventure just because we decide it’s not for us—that space beyond our tiny layer of atmosphere is just too far beyond our comfort zone?
In other words, if someone offered you a free trip to the moon, would you take it?