Kids' Questions – Part 5: Were you afraid of the dark when you were young?

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Kids' Questions – Part 5: Were you afraid of the dark when you were young?

Some of the candidates participating in Canada’s 2017 astronaut selection process answer a question from Maverick, 4 years old, from Saint-Hubert, Quebec: Were you afraid of the dark when you were young?

(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Were you afraid of the dark when you were young?

Answer 1: I can safely say that not only was I afraid of the dark when I was young, but I think most people at some point in their life and most kids were probably afraid of the dark.

Answer 2: Sometimes still I am afraid of those things, and that’s okay. It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. It’s okay to want to be home sometimes if you’re far away. The real trick is, how do you handle that?

Answer 3: I don’t remember very much about being afraid of the dark, so it must have passed fairly quickly for me. Ultimately everything is the same as it is when it’s light out, so you just figure that out and then everything’s okay.

Answer 4: At times, I got scared when the lights were turned out, but I quickly discovered that when I looked out the window at night, I could see the stars and the moon. That made me realize that I shouldn’t be afraid of the dark, because it gave me an opportunity to see things differently.

Answer 5: It’s one of the beauties of our world, and I hope that if you are afraid of the dark that you’ll see the benefits that it brings as well. Thank you for your question.

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