Last month, we attended a couple of events in Florida, a Blog Well Retreat and FinCon, where I had a chance to speak to bloggers and business owners about two of my favorite subjects: search engine optimization and analytics.
Well, the stars aligned and we landed ourselves smack dab in the middle of the state, not too far from Cape Canaveral. What luck!
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Last month, we attended a couple of events where I had a chance to speak to bloggers and business owners about two of my favorite subjects: search engine optimization and analytics. It just so happened that the stars aligned and we landed ourselves smack dab in the middle of the state, not too far from Cape Canaveral. What luck! After the trip, I figured out my purpose. Be sure to stop by our blog Tuesday! . . . #personalfinance #personalfinanceblog #personalfinancebloggers #fincon #fincon18 #kennedyspacecenter #personalinsight #bigpicture
With one free day in between speaking gigs, we ventured over to The Kennedy Space Center since we hadn’t visited before.
The Kennedy Space Center is unbelievable. If you’re in Orlando, you’re a stone’s throw of Cape Canaveral and I encourage you to stop. SpaceX and Blue Origin are here, too!
I took random notes during our trip, so please enjoy…or skip ahead if you want to get to the personal finance-related stuff.
Notes Take During a Tour of Kennedy Space Center [Random]
You should know that the Kennedy Space Center bus tour is included in the general admission ticket and it takes two hours. Disregard what the brochure says. It is a two-hour tour (or longer, if you stop for lunch).
Start with the bus tour or save it for the hottest part of the day because the bus is air-conditioned.
Chris the tour guide from New Castle, PA was so enthusiastic! He possesses an incredible amount of knowledge about space programs.
On this bus tour, you get to go to the restricted area where rockets are assembled and then transported for launches.
The 525-ft building is used to build rockets!
Next to the building are crawler transporters that move the rocket vertically to be launch platform and next to that is a space shuttle launch platform.
(Cell phone photos don’t do this stuff justice.)
The mobile vehicle launcher that took 10 years to build has been tested and is now inside the building getting ready to move a rocket!
There are actually dozens of launch pads that have been used over the years.
SpaceX has its own launch pad and crawler to take its horizontally constructed rocket out for a vertical launch. Pictures here is a crew access arm that will load astronauts in the future.
We drove by launch pad 39B where the space shuttle Challenger launched from. It’s being updated now for a launch in 2020.
Private companies build their own rockets and mobile launchers to get their rockets to the launch pads and you can work with NASA. You also get access to a launch control center. Just in case any of you out there were wondering where you were going to launch your rocket business.
The bus dropped us off at the Saturn/Apollo building where you can see the Saturn V rocket. Amazing! I have a picture above in the Instagram slide show.
(Words can’t describe how awesome the experience really is.)
After the visit to the Saturn/Apollo building, we jump on the bus for a continuation of the bus tour on the way back to the visitors center.
Apparently, alligators, bobcats, and bears live in the 22 sq mi that is the space center.
Overall, we had a fantastic time at the Kennedy Space Center. Just a note that if you plan to visit, buy your tickets for the astronaut experience online in advance because it sells out.
Let’s Get to the Important Stuff [Personal Finance & Purpose]
If you read any of my recent posts, such as this post, this post, or this post, you know I’ve struggled with the question of purpose when it comes to life after financial independence/early retirement.
To be clear, we are not (yet) financially independent, but I have time and a business, so I have the capability to do good while we work on our fully-funded lifestyle change. I need a definite purpose to make good use of the time I’ve got left.
Here are steps I had taken to discover my purpose and make good use of the time that’s left.
First, I read this post on ikigai from Financial Samurai. I completed the exercise Sam suggested and ended up with a whole lot on the list of “what the world needs,” a few things that I can be paid to do, such as consulting and speaking, and things I enjoy like picking up trash and hiking.
Then, I reflected on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it was for my own self-assessment, which I figured wasn’t a bad framework to use since this psychological theory has withstood the test of time. Wrong. I realized Maslow’s theory was flawed last week after I went climbing at an indoor rock gym.
Since I’m a desk jockey, I ended hurting myself at the rock gym. I didn’t know it at the time when I was climbing, but I overextended (seemingly) everything. I was in so much pain for two days that I couldn’t sit up to work at a computer, I didn’t want to get off the couch to eat, and I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t get comfortable.
Maslow’s hierarchy is flawed because it’s left off pain.
This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced such tremendous amounts of pain that I can’t even take care of my survival needs. I thought back to 2014 when I had that weird health scare and I couldn’t work then, either. I experienced so much physical pain and psychological pain that I struggled to care for myself.
The consequences of not being able to deal with acute or chronic pain were far-reaching for me and they are far-reaching for others I know.
- If you’re in pain, you can’t take care of your survival needs.
- If you can’t take care of your survival needs, then you can’t work.
- If you can’t work, then you get behind on your bills.
- If you get behind on your bills, your debt can grow.
- If your debt grows, then it’s hard to make progress on your personal finances and those articles on the subject of “13 ways to save money” on anything become totally irrelevant because you don’t have money.
If we deal with pain, we’ll have happier, healthier people at higher stages of Maslow’s hierarchy. Then, we can work together to address other bigger issues facing our planet. And, if we can work together to address big problems, like climate change, maybe we won’t need to abandon our planet and colonize Mars.
As exciting as space exploits are, I’m more interested in staying behind on this planet to help my fellow humans and the species we’ve inadvertently pushed to the brink of extinction.
But, I can’t do this by myself. No one can do this alone, not even the wealthiest entrepreneurs. I want to do my part to save the planet by helping other people help themselves.
That’s why I decided pain management would be my purpose in life. As you might imagine, I have lots more to share on this subject in the future, especially as it relates to our marketing business, how we plan to earn money, and how we’ll manage money, so stay tuned! What might seem totally unrelated today will become apparent later this year. 🙂
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