In a few hours, NASA will launch two astronauts into space from US soil for the first time since 2011.

The launch will mark the final stage of their SpaceX program, which is laying the groundwork for future exploration of Mars and the Moon.

You can watch live here. Just try not to lose any brain cells reading the YouTube comments.

My sister got two kittens today. Their warm, fluffy little bodies are each about the size of my hand; which makes our living room practically a jungle.

(They’re kind of cute)

As I watched them explore and play, I was amazed by the way the interacted with their new environment. They approached new items with a gentle caution; careful not to jump from a platform too high, or run into anything moving quickly. But once they had decided to engage with a something new, they executed with a bold fearlessness I came to admire.

Naive and stupid as they may be, we each might have something to learn from their approach: take time to take stock; but commit, and commit unrelenting.

Anywhere there’s life, there’s dust. It swirls and settles by the same breeze we soak into our lungs.

Life is dirty because it has to be; nothing survives a vaccum.

Learn to lavish anticipation, and the wait can be as good as the reward.

Or, spend the lead-up in agony; anxiously imagining everthing which could go wrong between now and then.

Our imaginations might do some to prepare us for what could occur, but no sum of preconceived scenarios will ever come close to the efficacy of a charged, focussed presence.

Quit worrying about two weeks from now; there’s something in front of you.

Take it in.

Every now and then, you pull off something utterly remarkable; something so special that your blood speeds up and your breathing stops.

It’s so, so important to hang on to those moments.

Not to gloat; they shouldn’t exist for the purpose of impressing anyone else. We must cherish these moments because, for as long as we remember their details, they serve to remind us of the what we’re capable of.

When we’re at our lowest, it’s the memory of these moments which drag us up; if we did it then, we can do it now.

There is greatness trapped in every human being.

It’s up to us how much we release.

Sometimes it’s scary; sometimes that’s the point.

The only sure thing is that you’ll never find the bliss if you don’t.

Your gut has your back.

Jump.

It’s not often a zero sum game.

We talk in terms of give-and-take, but these are not the only available outcomes of negotiation.

Our priorities are never wholly aligned; if they were, we would never need to negotiate. This means that whatever is being given or taken is worth different sums to different people.

Giving a little in the right places can mean a lot more to someone than what it cost to give.

Standing firm and insisting in taking in the places most important to you might generate the same effect in reverse.

Balancing the ledger in such a way that all parties feel as though they walked away with more than they gave is not just possible, it should be the focus of all negotiation.

If you’re anything like me, where you work has a massive impact on how you work.

I’m not the kind of person who can whip my laptop out on the corner of a crowded coffee table and get to work.

I work best when I’m surrounded by other focussed people.

If I can hear the clinking of mugs or vacuous office chatter, chances are I’m not doing the work I need to do.

Noise cancelling headphones help, of course. But more important than anything is that ambient pressure of being in a place where progress will be made, with or without you.

Doing is infectious. If you’re in a rut (as I recently have been), I can’t overstate how important it is to be surrounded by people who charge you up.

It’s important that we do whatever it is we need to do to feel fresh.

Stuck at home for a Zoom meeting? Iron your best shirt, do your hair; presenting well isn’t only for the sake of the people you’re meeting.

Worried about running your usual track? Find a bush trail and run until your breath is at one with the crisp morning air.

Terrified of the supermarket? It’s highly likely that somewhere nearby is a small, foreign grocer who could really use the business. Pick up something you’ve never tried before.

Life is strange right now but adapting is on you.

Imagine protesting for your right to risk the lives of others for the sake of your own mild convenience.

How much more selfish could we possibly be?

At times like these it hurts to imagine how our children might look back on us; our headlines should plague us not with anger, but with shame.