you say floating, i say falling…

floating falling astronaut squirrel

There isn’t that much difference between floating and falling.  With floating you don’t really go anywhere, unless acted on by some outside force.  With falling, you’re going somewhere, but gravity is in the driver’s seat.  When gravity is driving, you’re not in the backseat…you’re probably in the trunk.  Either way, the one thing in short supply is control.

Astronauts in orbit are not floating… they are falling.  An orbit is a constant fall towards Earth.  If the Earth didn’t move under them they’d fall into the atmosphere and the heat of friction would take care of the rest.  But you’re falling at 17,500 miles per hour (28,164 km per hour)…90 minutes for an around the planet jaunt.  To put that in a little bit of perspective, a bullet travels at roughly 2,000 miles per hour (3,217.8 km. per hour).  Yeah, that’s pretty fast… and yes I can use a conversion app.

Life is determining whether or not you’re falling or floating.  That’s my nugget of wisdom for now… go ahead… dip it in your favorite sauce and see what it tastes like to you.

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