Astronaut Chris Hadfield Doles Out Some Amazing Advice For Life On Earth

“If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. Commanding a spaceship or doing a spacewalk is a very rare, singular moment-in-time event in the continuum of life. You need to honor the highs and the peaks in the moments — you need to prepare your life for them — but recognize the fact that the preparation for those moments is your life and, in fact, that’s the richness of your life. The challenge that we set for each other, and the way that we shape ourselves to rise to that challenge, is life.”

Col. Chris Hadfield, the social media-savvy astronaut who gifted the world with a beautiful cover of “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station last year, is back on Earth, and has written a book about his experience. In an interview with Canadian news show “The National,” Hadfield responded to the question he gets most frequently: after such a huge accomplishment, where do you go from here? His response was perfect. Whether you’re doing a spacewalk, training for a 5K, or working toward a degree, the journey is just as important as the end point. [Brain Pickings]