Well you totally should!
In keeping with yesterday’s theme, I am in the middle of training to get my private pilot certificate, and yesterday I took the plane up by myself for the very first time. It was just an incredible feeling.
I started training about 10 years ago, but it got way too expensive for my life at the time so I stopped. I got a little more training from the Air Force, but I’m a navigator not a pilot so it was limited. When I started back up about a month ago, I was really struggling with landing smoothly, and landings are kind of important when you are flying a plane. So I had been a little anxious about going up by myself with no one to save me if I dick it up.
Fortunately, my landings had been much better my last couple of flights so I was feeling pretty confident when my instructor climbed out and I was all but myself, about to do something I had dreamt of doing since I was a little kid. I will spare you all of the details, which you can find later on my aviation blog, aviationguy.com, but I will tell you it was the most liberating, free feeling I may have ever had in my life.
Flying is already something that I find incredibly peaceful and enjoyable being up in the sky overlooking everything and getting a view that so few people will ever experience. However, being the one at the controls and feeling the plane cut through the air at my command is truly an indescribable feeling. That may seem a little like I just don’t want to go to in descriptive detail, but I honestly don’t have adequate words to describe it.
While flying is my thing, you can feel the same way about whatever your thing is, just go and do it. Life is meant to be experienced and enjoyed not just sitting behind a desk through school and then at a job for 40 years. If you can’t get out and get your heart racing, or get so excited that you just yell, which is what I did after flying by myself yesterday, then you are missing out on this great adventure called living. Money is only a thing that will never bring you happiness, and while it is necessary to have some in order to fill your needs, it is the experiences of life which truly bring us the most joy and fulfillment.
So whether your thing is flying, hiking, or even home decorating, stop wishing you were doing it, and go freaking do it. You will never regret persistently pursuing your dreams.