Music by: Suzy Sellout
For the first time in my life, my head was in the clouds–and I was completely okay with it.
Shaking. Palms sweating. Thoughts racing through my mind. I don’t usually get nervous, but moments before lifting off the ground in a small airplane–that I was piloting, nerves suddenly were flowing through my veins. My adrenaline pumped, and I could feel my heart beating straight out of my chest. There was no looking back now–I was about to pilot a plane…and that’s freaking awesome.
As I felt the plane leave the ground, I stayed focused on the details my co-pilot/instructor, Nicholas had told me: When it reaches 60, pull back a bit, stop, and stay still.
Now reaching peak altitude, I took a moment to look out the window and take in the view of the beach, the neighborhood houses, and the open sky ahead. I smiled–a big wide grin like the cheshire cat. I was flying a plane–I was really flying a plane. It was a symbol of something much larger though for me. I was really making things happen. I AM making things happen–and that’s what this year is all about: No fear. No looking back. No hesitation. I was–and still am–on top of the world.
hey this is great Libs…glad you are doing this – such great life experiences. You’ll always remember. Proud of you:)
Justin–Thanks so much. You taught me how to really go for things that matter. Can’t wait until you join me on some of my hobbies!
I come from a flying family – it seems like it can be addictive for some people, (not me). Do you want to go back up??
I’d absolutely love to go back up. In fact, Global Aviation Corp. is offering a deal for a 2 hour lesson around NYC. 2 people for $299. Which isn’t a bad deal at all! With my 50 dollar voucher…even better. I really did feel on top of the world–both in reality and in my head 🙂 I love watching this video back
I trained for my license when I was 12. My father is a private pilot (hobbyist, not professional) and started me young but I chickened out just before my solo flight. I still love getting to fly whenever I can, it’s so peaceful that high up. The premise of your site is awesome! Best of luck to you and all your hobbies!
Hobbyist pilot seems like the way to go. I think I may chicken out before ever getting to a solo flight as well. The landing is really terrifying. My instructor was like: We have three options. 1. I land the plane-we live. 2. you land the place, we take our chances. 3. we land together. I chose 3, and then halfway through closed my eyes and said no I choose 1 . Thanks for the luck! All the best to you as well. I’ll be following! Best, The Hobby Hoarder
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