There once was a girl who never felt like she belonged, not even in her own body. She had a family and occasionally friends, but at the end of the day, she would stew over how much she hated her life. She'd lose herself in books, TV shows, movies, and video games about other worlds, other realities, other planets where she thought she might find a place where she could feel like she belonged, because she couldn't find a place like that on Earth.
Then, one day, she found an online game called Toadwater. It was small, not a lot of people played it, but it had a great community, filled with great people, many of whom also didn't feel like they belonged anywhere. It was a depository of misfit toys that somehow fit together. She found a place that she could almost feel like she belonged, if only online.
Back in May of 2013, she heard about an effort to colonize Mars, one that was taking average people as candidates. She didn't think she had a chance in hell but she applied anyway. The project was called Mars One.
In December, Mars One chose from the over 200,000 people who applied only 1058 to move on to the next round, for a chance at one of only 24 slots. This girl, who never belonged, who was lost from the very first moment of her life, was one of those candidates. She now has a chance to go to one of those other planets that she always lost herself in, and best of all, she'll get to bring Toadwater with her.
So, here's to Cassandra Morphy, the girl who doesn't belong on Earth, and her slim chance at seeing Mars.