how would you feel if your significant other "wouldn't let you"?
I was watching Big Bang Theory tonight, and Howard found out he was included on a mission to go to the international space station. His gf completely flipped shit and caused a huge argument. After probing my wife about what she would do, she eventually confessed that she would do the same thing, because of the danger or some stupid thing. (BTW, I'm in the military! But... she doesn't like that either, even though I'm getting out in 3 years.)
What I don't understand is how significant others (empathetic women at that) can't be understanding about a "not in a lifetime opportunity" such as this. I say "not" instead of "once" for obvious reasons- if you somehow can't piece together that the odds of going into space is about 1 in 2 billion or more, you probably should be reading something else right now.
I literally could not live with myself if I had the chance and turned it down. I would rather die than live another day knowing what I denied myself because I could not deal with the regret. I honestly can't say that I've ever said that about anything else in my entire life. I love my wife. a lot. But not that much. It may sound horrible, but to me, outer space is bigger than relationships.