Overcoming Barriers

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.

A wingtip view this afternoon.

A wingtip view this afternoon.

I have struggled with that last little piece of landing, getting my flare or round-out at just the right time, with just the right amount of pressure to get a good consistent landing.  Last night, I finally figured out what was happening with my focal point, and that I was taking it off from further down the runway and bringing it back up towards the nose when I was pulling back the control for my round-out.  I wasn’t doing it every time, but I was doing it a couple of times a lesson.  Once I realized what I was doing, I was able to correct for it and not do it again.

Tonight, I got it right on every landing.  This was huge for me!  I felt like I knocked down that brick wall, or at least put a large crack down the middle of it.  It’s a heavy weight off my shoulders.  This is progress and it means I’m moving forward.  It’s time to hone my skills.  I see it now and I think I’ve got this.  Next lesson I’ll know for sure if I’ve really gotten it down.

I have to remind myself from time to time what someone once told me, “If it was easy, then everybody would be doing it.”  It’s not easy, but it is fun, exciting and challenging.  It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever learned to do, and it’s also the most rewarding.

I fly because I fell in love with it.  I can’t imagine not ever flying again.  It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done, and I will do whatever it takes to get my license.  I was born to fly!  I believe that I can do this and every day, I tell myself that I can and I will.


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