I have written before about early retirement feeling a lot like a second childhood. It’s the opportunity to have all of the advantages of being an adult, while also re-indulging in the joys of childhood. It’s ‘Kidulthood’, if you will.
Today, I thought I would expand on that idea by sharing the time I am spending revisiting the most exciting historical event of my lifetime: the Apollo Missions to the moon. They culminated in the lunar landing exactly 50 years ago this coming July.
I am just a bit too young to remember the 1969 moon landing itself, but recall watching the final Apollo launches and lunar missions in the early 1970s on our basement black & white TV with my brothers. It is not an exaggeration to say that my elementary school years were shaped, culturally, in a big way by the moon missions. It was a source of national pride, an amazing scientific achievement, and demonstration of individual courageousness that made a big impression on a kid growing up at that time (all the way into the 1980s Space Shuttle era).
For the last few years, I’ve enjoying tracking the Golden Anniversaries of the Apollo Mission milestones and learning the history of each step better than I did when I was a kid. I’ve been reading a great book – called ‘Man On The Moon’ – watching movies (including the great new Apollo 11 documentary), visiting museums with NASA history, listening to podcasts, building a LEGO Saturn V rocket with my son, and exploring the NASA archives online.
Happily, early retirement has allowed me to spend time on these things and understand it in a new way that I couldn’t have understood as a kid. I’m sure if I was working full-time right now, I would be much too busy to delve into the mission details the way I have. It’s one of the small, but fulfilling, gifts of early retirement to take this walk back in time and enjoy it all again.
Anyone else enjoying this sort of ‘Kidulthood?’
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