This one made me chuckle and outright lmao. Meghan did a great job interviewing and writing me.
One of the most common questions I get asked regarding my desire to go to Mars is: What if u die? What if it kills u?
I harbor no fear of death. Mine nor that of another. Because to me, death is no different from birth, it is a transition only, a means by which we come into our next phase of being.
We are all going to die. It’s the only guarantee we humans have…the right of passage, eventual physical death.
I have seen many people come into my life and then leave again through the phenomenon we call death. It has never seemed to me all that traumatic and grievous an experience. I celebrated their existence and their departure from this amazingly beautiful & terrifyingly torturous experience we call “life”.
Beyond that, whatever happens to me as a Mars One Astronaut/Colony Settler is a win/win. If Mars One is successful in getting humans to the surface of Mars and those humans are successful in surviving and thriving on Mars, well that is a huge victory for humanity as we will have a second home in the galaxy. We will have unlimited opportunities to learn from the experiences on Mars and we may even be able to benefit humanity on Earth as well. If Mars One is not successful in their attempts to get humans to Mars, then there will still be plenty to learn from the loss and apply to future attempts.
I do not have a death wish. I want Mars One to succeed in getting humans safely to Mars and not just to survive but to thrive once they get there. However, we are all going to die eventually, at least I will die doing something amazing that will leave an opportunity for others to learn and go on to improve and do better in the future.
I will be celebrating an anniversary on the 17th of January, it will be one year that I have been with Mars One as an applicant. 1*17*2013 is the date on the first email I received from Mars One.
l I joked back then that it was just my luck that an opportunity like this would come along just when the world was going to come to an end ;~} Damnation!
Now a year later the world did not come to an end and here I am invited to interview in the second round of the selection process.
When I answered the Mars One email asking “Why do you want to go to Mars?” I giggled for days over the answer I chose to send them. That answer got me the invitation to beta test the application site, to be one of the first. Of course for all I know everyone who contacted them got the same invitation…but it didn’t matter….I was one of the ones that did!
As I spent the summer filling out my application I struggled with how to express myself, I wrote and rewrote, over and over again. I didn’t even record my video until just 24hrs before the August 31st deadline. The video was the most challenging part for me.
I am intensely curious about the selection process and what actually triggered the decision to select each of the 1058 round two interviewees and I really hope the person or people I interview with are the ones that selected me! I am very interested in why me? What was it about the contents of my writing and the video that sold me…so to speak.
On FB many of us Mars One 1058 have been getting to know each other as we share our experiences with each other. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of such a once in a lifetime opportunity with such a wonderfully diverse group of individuals.
The activity in the Googleplus groups is not nearly what the FB groups is. However, I am hoping to get more of my fellow Mars One Earthlings over for Google Hangouts where we can interact with each other in real-time in person. ;~)
When Bas said he wanted to make the application opportunity available to everyone and anyone…he was not kidding…I am both impressed and respectful…and more than a little grateful too.
So now it all becomes real, and I am tasked with representing the person I introduced in my profile, in person. I am applying for an opportunity to make every wish I have ever had come true in a most amazing way, and now I must show the selection committee and the other 1057 that I am up to the challenges this reality will present and that I am someone they want to spend the rest of their lives with. lol
Oh and I need to represent myself and Mars One in the best way I know how to the remainder of the Earth population…so they will want to support us as we make our way towards making a human colony on Mars a reality!
I have done a few local media interviews and I am already getting more comfortable with answering questions and media attention although it is still all somewhat surreal!
I like the way the reporter describes me: “An enigmatic combination of a bubbly optimist and a stern realist” & “The strong-willed daughter of a Vermont dairy farmer”…lol
Greeting and Salutations Blog Readers ;~) This blog is my invitation to the Mars One selection committee, my fellow Mars One Applicants and Supporters and the population of Earth to get to know me, both as an Earthling and as a future Martian ;~P
Here I will try to post as often as possible regarding and concerning my thoughts and experiences as I engage in the most thrilling experience of my life thus far…The Mars One Candidate Applicant Selection Process. I will post links to my personal interviews, as well as provide opportunities for visitors to comment and ask questions. I will also be posting about my personal history, my motives for applying and wanting to go to Mars and what I hope to accomplish as a Mars One Astronaut/Colony Settler.
I am honored that the Mars One Selection Committee chose me to interview in the second round and I am looking forward to meeting them in person. I am really enjoying the interviews so far and the opportunities to “Talk-Up” Mars One. It is an amazing vision and opportunity and I am thrilled to be a part of it all.