Have you ever experienced doing things out of the ordinary? Something outside of your comfort zone? When you're one step away in engaging a new experience, an experience that will change your life, when you don’t know exactly what you’re feeling, it’s a mix of fear, anxiety, happiness & excitement? And suddenly you feel a burst of adrenaline rush, having cold sweats, shortness of breath & your heart beating so fast and loud, and feels like it just wants to jump out of your chest? As I placed my left hand on the yoke and my right hand on the throttle, I surrendered & let go of whatever it is that I’m feeling at the moment. As I pushed the throttle full forward for takeoff, the sound of the airplane’s engine roared and blended with my fast & loud beating heart. It’s quite fascinating how my heart and the sound of the engine are in harmony, it was like they were orchestrated. I felt I was in the right place. As I was about to reach the rotation speed for the aircraft to lift off, I surrendered into the moment and pulled to the yoke for a pitch up attitude for take off. We took off. Suddenly, my fear and worries were gone and all I was filled up with was excitement, happiness and curiosity. Funny how I could still remember every bit of what happened and the feelings I felt that moment as I write this story. “IT’S. HAPPENING.” I said to myself. I was having a tears-of-joy moment. Good thing I was wearing sunglasses & I think that’s what is for at that time. We were at about 500 ft, about to make a left turn for a circuit pattern. I looked at my window and I was in awe, I couldn’t believe what’s happening. I am in control of the aircraft and it was the most beautiful feeling. I felt one with the aircraft I’m flying. I felt free. I felt that I was born for this. I was born to fly. I found my purpose. Flying is what gets me up with excitement in the morning knowing I get to fly and sleep at night feeling fulfilled.
I was excited to go home and tell my mom about my experience. I was in tears when I was telling the story that put her in tears too. I expressed to her my gratitude for believing in me and my dreams and never doubting me.