My new plans are Astronaut inspired

Astronaut Chris A. Hadfield Mission Specialist...
Astronaut Chris A. Hadfield Mission Specialist Canadian Space Agency (CSA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I am a huge fan of Col Chris Hadfield. I talk about him before. There something so amazing to me about being able to chat with an astronaut in space! That is something I never thought I would be able to do, yet Saturday on Reddit, it happened. Well, none of my questions were answered but I had a chance to read what was going on and became a bigger geeky fan than I already was.


At one point during the chat time Col. Hadfield wrote this:


ColChrisHadfield[S] 40 minutes ago
Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.


That was a very profound statement. Two years ago, I did just that. I got off my butt, turned off the TV and went back to University so I could grow up without regrets. I changed my lifestyle habits and now am a runner. I am pretty sure I won’t go to space but I do know there aren’t any goals out there that are not achievable  It just may take longer to attain than reaching other goals. I realized age has nothing to do with goal setting and achieving, the only thing you need is a time line.


Sitting there saying “one I day I would like….” is not the same as, “I am going to do this, and these are the steps I need to get there.” One is about wishes and one is about action. Wishes are lovely but don’t come true without hard work and sweat. I don’t want to hear people telling me I am lucky – luck had nothing to do with my life. Hard work got me here.


The problem with goal setting is plans and time-lines can get big huge speed bumps in the middle.


One of my major goals this year was to run the 10k in Edmonton the day after my birthday with my dad. Well, apparently he is going to be a little busy that day. His daughter is planning on a big wedding or something fancy that day and he will be busy – I likely will be busy too seeing she is my sister and all. THAT was a big wrench in my plans. The old me (pre-Edmonton Tourist Project Days) Would just cancel the plan. The new me started searching for a new 10k to run. I realized running in Edmonton wasn’t the big deal, running the 10k was. And it couldn’t be ANY 10k because truth be told, I am a medal whore. I need bling. I want one of these for my birthday:






I love shoes and I love medals, so my quest to have both has now begun.


Calgary, which is 3 hours south of me, is having their big marathon weekend May 26th. That is my Dad’s 65th birthday. I asked him if he wanted to run it with me. He asked me if there is a t-shirt – YES. That is all he cares about, a T-shirt, better yet – a TECH shirt! This race has a medal, so it’s a win for him and a win for me! YAY! My dream of running a 10k with my dad will happen this year and on HIS birthday!


Then I was thinking, if I am running a 10k 3 months ahead of schedule, then why couldn’t I run the Edmonton Intact Half Marathon in August? No reason I couldn’t, the worst case scenario is if I can’t run the whole thing, I can walk the rest. I’ve walked it with a stress fracture, so I think this year would be faster with lots of running thrown in. I plan to run 10 and 1s. Doable. I have gone to feeling sad and a little disappointed to super excited because I now have a plan.


Just like Col Hadfield said,


You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be…


That is true, this was not part of the plan, but the goal hasn’t changed. Just the steps needed to achieve the goal.


I am feeling great about this new plan!


6 thoughts on “My new plans are Astronaut inspired

  1. Rock ON, Robyn! I love that you’re refusing the age excuse. I used to think that if you accomplished certain things in your life by a certain point – like graduate school, for instance – then it just wasn’t going to be done. Couldn’t be done because, you know, after your mid-twenties or whatever you’re too old for that, right? Hah! Two people have asked me if I didn’t think I was too old to back to school, and another asked me if I wasn’t too old to start running. To them, I say, “One day, you’ll be old enough to know better.” Cheers to YOU!

  2. You go girl!

    Your Hadfield quote reminded me of a quote from Sir Ken Robinson (my favorite guru), which is:

    “For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail – it’s just the opposite – we aim too low and succeed.”
    ― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

    Goal setting is so very important. When setting goals you have to aim high. Achieving a goal is much more meaningful when you aim high.

    Keep on pursuing those goals!

    P.S. As lifelong learners we are never too old to go back to school!

  3. This post made me want to cheer! Awesome and inspired! And this? “Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.” Brilliant and so very true.

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