written by: Meghashri Dalvi
The big metal door opens quietly.
The view outside is familiar. It’s what we watch from the inside. The vastness hits home the supreme safety our glass windows offer.
The darkness we are used to. Emptiness is given. The silence is understood.
The distances don’t hint what lies out there. It appears serene but can be violent and cruel. Just thinking about it is overwhelming. Every time.
I check my battery, tug at the tether, and give a thumbs-up to my mates. It’s time.
The big metal door is open. I take a deep breath and step out for my first spacewalk.