When they said she was stubborn they had no idea how true that would be. Once Mary got an idea in her head she would not let go, like a sloth hanging from a branch she would not budge.
It had got her into trouble plenty of times, the time she learnt about boxing and promptly punched a classmate in the face maybe hadn’t been her best use of her tenacious application of knowledge but it certainly stopped him from looking down her top so she wasn’t too bothered.
Stubbornness had got her fired from a couple of jobs and definitely hindered a couple of relationships but stood staring out of the window at Earth from their spot in orbit she could think of no reason why she should have stepped back at any point.
Stubbornness had borne her through debt and three simultaneous jobs just to pay for a degree just to get her foot in the door for another degree. All before she could even think about applying to train as an astronaut. Her tenacious hold on her own destiny had propelled to get through the disappointment and disagreements. The desperate grip she had on her dreams and ambitions had all led her to this point. This point when she could stand and stare out at the beautiful, marble-like surface of her home planet from an unfathomable distance.
It was breath-taking.
She refused to let tears fall, refused to let them blur her vision for even a second as she gazed down at the land she called her home. A view that so very few saw; she didn’t want to miss any of it.
A hand squeezed her shoulder as a more seasoned astronaut passed by, a smile and a nod of companionship. Confirmation that they had done the same, she smiled gratefully before going back to her watch. In a few minutes they would right above her home country and she refused to miss it.
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