Earlier this week. I had an inspiring conversation with my 13-year-old son, Sebastian. I was a bit frustrated by a lack of progress. Although I was moving forward steadily, results hadn’t come as quickly as expected. Sebastian’s wisdom and insight helped to change my perspective.
Pursuing dreams is like a plane trip. To start, you have to go to the airport. Your destination is clear, and you have a flight to catch.
Hesitation sets in as you drive into the terminal parking lot. You’ve already canceled this flight several times before. The thought of being out of control in the air makes you feel uneasy. This time you make it to the airport, but temptation to turn back hits you just before you board.
Finally onboard, it feels like you’re pacing the runway for an eternity. The delay is very frustrating, as you have places to go and people to see. You remind yourself that the plane has to go through security checks before takeoff. Preparation is required to ensure a smooth flight.
Air traffic controllers inform the pilot that it’s time for takeoff. Thankfully, they’ll be around to give instructions along the way. Slowly but surely, the plane begins to lift off. Suddenly, you wish you were back on the runway. Although it was frustrating waiting, you felt safe on the ground.
The flight doesn’t start out perfectly. This makes you wonder why you even boarded the plane. You calm down and remind yourself of all the preparation that led up to this day. You’ve been planning this trip for years, and you finally built up the courage to take a chance.
Although you experience sharp turns and turbulence, you’re thankful that you’re on your way. Ups and downs are a part of the flight. Others are still sitting in the airport waiting to board. While you may not have arrived, your destination is in sight. You simply need to trust by faith and hold on tight.
The perfect moment will never arrive. Sometimes you need to take a chance, risk it all for a chance to fly. “For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”-Leonardo da Vinci
-Story inspired by Sebastian Barrera
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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