Aviation has always been a part of me. Visions of soaring through the clouds is a dream I have managed to pass to my own children. This picture is of my mother and my oldest son playing with an airplane. We had a box full of toy planes and every time we would go to the store, my son wanted to buy another one.
I didn’t mind buying toy planes. They are relatively inexpensive and small. I actually loved them as much as he did! This was “pretend play” at its best. We flew our planes all over the house, the backyard and the neighborhood. My son’s knowledge of airplanes soon exceeded my own. He enjoyed midair collisions and all sorts of air disasters. Always the good pilot, I was careful to land my plane safely. My son was watching me, after all! A mother must appear cautious, trustworthy and responsible, right?!?
“Cautious” is not a word I would use to describe myself. In fact, I believe life is best experienced when we throw caution to the wind a bit. My most important and impactful lessons have been learned by crossing lines and breaking a few rules. People are inherently different in their risk-tolerance levels. Those that follow the rules, must suffer a lot fewer heartaches and disappointments!
However, I do encourage my children to take risks: learn by doing. I’m the antithesis of a “helicopter” parent. Take the leap necessary to earn what you’ve dreamed of. Life is full of adventure if you step out of your comfort zone. You cannot grow unless you extend yourself. I try not to pressure others to do something they’re uncomfortable with (but I admit that I suck at it)! I feel sad for someone that can’t make that leap out of their ordinary.
Don’t become complacent. Complacency is a pilots worst enemy and can be yours too.
“Badassery comes to those who take risks.”-Jen Sincero