Seated comfortably in my quarters, I like to sit back in my overstuffed captain’s chair and give myself a moment to let my mind wander the vastness of the universe. As you sip your latte and glance around at your fellow humans staring too intensely into brightly lit screens (yes, that's what you look like too), consider your place in the galaxy. Heavy thoughts, I know, but not so heavy as to affect your gravitational field, so go ahead and ponder. PAL, my robot assistant chides me for taking overly long breaks from my captain's duties, but, dude, that vastness is pretty darn big. If I'm going to wrap my mind around the universe, it's going to take some time... lots and lots of time.
Ah, space. So much to discover and explore! To the next generation of intersteller travelers, look to the coming year as your time to become an adventurer, a scientist, and a dreamer with thoughts so enormous only an infinite universe can contain it all!
But don't keep it to yourself, soon-to-be-astronaut. Write it down! How else would anyone know of your wondrous feats of derring-do? Just ask PAL. His exact words to me were, "I don't want to hear it!" I understood immediately. Obviously, he thought my tales were too amazing for his audio receptors alone.
As Earth continues along a new revolution, we only need to look to the stars to see that our future is not as far off as we think. With a well supplied rocket ship equipped with food, water, oxygen, and tons of books and games, I think the adventures are about to begin. I look forward to it and hope you will join me. Don't forget to write.