This week was met with giggles and laughter as I walked through the doors of the Training Center to start the path of being an airline pilot. I’m shy of 38, and surprisingly not the oldest in my class. There’s half a dozen who have made a career change into the unknown, to spread their wings. The excitement settles quickly for some, and personalities come out more and more and I realize… I’ve got to guard my heart.
“Who flies barefoot anyway?” Well, me. I do.
I pierce my lips and almost have a tear in my eye thinking… I do. I’m that girl.” As the only girl in a class of 22, I’m reminded of how intricately different we all are. There’s those that are the engineers who see no use for art in the world and then, there’s me. The girl who does see the romance, who does see that small child inside and the freedom flight can give. As much as it hurts my heart to literally hear the lack of support, it sheds light on why I am actually meant to be there. This life even with the cynics is still amazing. This job, to fly, is such a gift. For me, it’sabout seeing wonders of the world from the sky. It’s about a journey, your journey, where ever your ticket was taking you and somehow I was picked to be a part of that.
Reflecting back throughout the years I can see how I didn’t want to face this mentality before because it hurts to be made fun of, it hurts to be treated as an outcast solely because you love and see things differently. Why does my smile or flying barefoot offend you? Then, I think that maybe, just maybe, there’s a small child inside them wishing to just be free with who they are.
This part of the journey hurts… but I absolutely refuse to negotiate and settle for anyone less than who I am.. I know that my journey with the sky is an ever personal one and one that I can’t wait to share with those that I will fly. I’m finally realizing what it’s like to be me and ok with growing outside of my own comfort zone. We are all made different, the world needs the people who think inside the box and those who dream wildly outside of it. Don’t be afraid to keep being yourself even when the negativity comes.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. -Maya Angelou