So this post isn’t really about Mars. I mean, if NASA ever announces that they desperately need to send a writer/illustrator to Mars, I’d volunteer. I’d love to go to Mars! That would be awesome!
But I don’t expect that to happen. Even if we do send humans to Mars, and even if that does happen in my lifetime, those humans will be scientists and engineers. They’ll be people who are good at math. I’m not a math person, nor do I wish to become a math person.
So while I dream about standing on the surface of the Red Planet, my passions lie elsewhere. And I think it’s important to know the difference between your dreams and your passions. Dreams matter. Your dreams say a lot about who you are as a person and what you believe (and do not believe) about the world. Cherish your dreams, but pursue your passions.
I have a passion for writing and also a (slightly lesser) passion for art. If I could spend every day of my life writing and drawing, that would be glorious. If I had to spend every day doing math, I’d be miserable. And that’s why I write blog posts about Mars rather than sitting in a laboratory somewhere trying to figure out how to actually get to Mars.
Of course, no matter what your dreams and passions happen to be, there will still be closed-minded people trying to stand in judgement over you. Ignore those people. Cut them out of your life, if you can (maybe consider moving to another planet, if the opportunity comes up).
So what are your dreams, and what are your passions, and what are you doing to pursue them?