Flying is the next best thing
So perhaps you know or maybe you don't that I am a pilot. I mentioned it in my welcome post and you probably can see it in one of my twitter bios. Many people think its 'cool' and I do too. To be honest, I actually wanted to be a pilot when I was very young. I loved flying to places and I always picked the window seat closest to the wing because that's where all the cool noises and events took place. Though, the more I aged, the more I saw flying as a footstep rather than a dream. Plus, I would rather fly for fun than for work if you catch my drift.
So why do I do it? I do it because I look at flying as the next best thing to being in space. It's not only because of the flying part. It has to do with the mindset, the checklists, and the endless rules and regulations that come with flying any type of aircraft rated for humans. It's also a plus that I can say, 'I'm a pilot'! My favorite part of flying aircraft, other than the flying itself, is the way it makes you feel. It's very polar to driving a vehicle. You have to constantly use your brain to make judgements and calls that could be vital to the flights success and more importantly, your passengers and your safety.
If you are old enough to drive, think back to the last time you went on a road trip. Did you think about headwinds, tail winds, approaching fronts, clouds, takeoff checklists, landing checklists, setting up radio frequencies, and more? That's just the surface of it too. There's a level of engagement that you get when flying an aircraft that you just don't get when driving an automobile. Which is why I believe flying an aircraft is the next best thing to being in space. That's also why I choose to invest thousands upon thousands of dollars in flying. It's not the cheapest activity in the world. It certainly is a money hungry endeavor but the experiences and lessons that come out of it is priceless.
I love flying. It's simply the most exhilarating thing I have ever done and I look forward to flying for the rest of my life and I URGE you, if you have the means and the ambitions, give it a try. It's an experience that will change your life.