Mark Watney is my Hero
Yes, Mark Watney, the fictional hero of the book The Martian by Andy Weir, is a man who inspires me to be a better person. I wrote most of this post in my head two weeks ago, much earlier in my recovery, and just hadn’t gotten around to writing it out and posting it. But, tonight I finished listening to the audiobook and am inspired to give credit where credit is due: to author Andy Weir, to R.C. Bray, who read the audiobook, and to their creation, Mark Watney.
I’ve been listening to the book since my first day in the ICU after my surgery. In the first two weeks of my recovery, Mark Watney was my regular companion and helped me keep perspective. Thinking I had it bad? Mark had it much worse!
I admire Mark’s clever and creative mind, careful attention to details, knowledge in so many scientific fields, readiness and ability to work through the math, and perseverance in getting the tedious work done. His down-to-earth attitude and humor are also inspiring. Each time I listen to this book, I find myself trying to emulate these great qualities in my own life. What a wonderful thing, to be so moved by a work of fiction.
Though I do like Disco.
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Dr. Adam Burdick has been a professional musician for over two decades. Teaching, conducting, and performing in various music genres, he is also a perpetual student with interest in a wide range of topics. He loves to ponder and share his discoveries with anyone interested!