Another flight around the pattern at Wilgrove, yesterday I faced a brick wall and let it defeat me, for a while. I know that I’m tough on myself and that I expect perfection, but most of the time I stumble along the way. I am precise, detail oriented and focused on my goals. I do not believe in losing or quitting. I believe that within each of us, we have the power to overcome and accomplish anything we put our minds too. I also understand set backs and losses along the way, but that doesn’t mean you give up. For me, it means working harder than ever.
One thing about diving into flying without any preconceived ideas, is that I really had no idea what to expect when I started this adventure. I didn’t choose to talk to anyone about what the experience would be like or what I should expect. On one hand that has been great because I just sort of rolled with the flow of things, but on the other hand, I didn’t expect it to be as difficult and time consuming as I have come to realize it is.
Today I want to celebrate with my dear friend and fellow student pilot Ashley. She had her first solo flight today and I couldn’t be more excited for her! We have shared many days of excitement, disappointment and frustration together. Her solo feels like it’s as much mine as it is hers, although I in no way want to take away from her day, I am truly overjoyed for her.
I was invited by my instructor to ride along on a night flight so that I could experience what it looks like landing at night. He was doing a sign off for another pilot.
Sunday evening turned out to be a very exciting lesson for me. However, it didn’t start out that way. My first trip around the pattern felt great, and everything was lining up for a perfect landing. I got the plane all the way down and ballooned it, pushed in the throttle for more power and got it on the ground after correcting it. I was so disappointed with my landing, but tried to shake it off so that it wouldn’t affect me on the next landing attempt.
Friday evening has become my favorite day to fly each week. After a long week of work and life, it’s a great way to just unwind and have fun. I eagerly look forward to this all week, it’s the most fun I have and although it’s work since I’m still training, I’m always excited, relaxed and just happy to be flying.
This week is a little departure from my flying experiences as there has been much sadness that I have encountered this week. I have been moved to take a long look at life and in the process penned some introspective thoughts. I know it may not be what you’re expecting at times but this blog is about the adventure of life and making changes or just taking a chance regardless of age. It’s about trying to inspire others in spite of difficulties.
As I sit here pondering life today, I am profoundly saddened by the loss of Robin Williams. Such a sad, tragic end to a beautiful life, and you wonder how it could come to this? He made us laugh, he made us cry, he made us look at ourselves and see that, ‘little spark of madness’ in each of us. That spark that makes us all see the humor in so much of our own lives. He was brilliant, but brilliance seems to come at a high cost so many times.
I have another 7 pm flight scheduled for tonight. I’m filled with excitement as I pull up to the airport. It’s beautiful out and only a few clouds around. It’s still warm from the heat of the day but cooling and the wind is light.
Another day of practicing landings but at my home field today. I have a 7pm flight tonight; I love flying this time of day. The sky is spectacular and the weather has cleared from all the rain this weekend. I arrive early just to take it all in; I love just being at the airport. There a few friends just finishing up flying and a few fixtures sitting around out front talking about the weather and today’s flying adventures. It’s a great place to connect and just build on each others experiences.