I have always admired Amelia Earhart, way back for as long as I can remember. And it’s funny because I hate to fly. It’s not because she was a pilot, it’s because she was a woman and did something women just didn’t do back then… She blasted off into the unknown wild blue yonder and had a crazy adventure.
I suspect not many women even had their pilot’s license in that day and age. But she did. And then she came up with the cockamamie idea to fly around the world after she already was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean by herself. Sadly her circumnavigational trip around the globe failed and she disappeared July 2, 1937 (my birthday is July 1!). But I am not the only one to remain fascinated by this incredible woman. A pioneer and women’s advocate long before it was hip.
I’m reflecting on her currently as the old year ends and a new year approaches. Last year brought me many things: love come and gone more times that I would like to count. Ever evolving relations with my daughters. But the event that really stands out for me was my car accident. That pivotal moment seems to have changed me in a large way and has set me on a course of change.
Like Amelia, I am feeling very ready for something different–I’m not sure if it is quite the adventure she had in mind. But today with the ever unsteady economy, just a job change can be the equivalent of flying off into the unknown. It’s a risky move. I have clung onto the security of what I have done for many years, but unhappily so, and with each passing day I long for something different. I see and sense the new horizons calling to me.
As we get older, it becomes very difficult to try for ‘new adventures’. Whether they be new jobs, school or a business venture. Money can be an issue, lack of the proper qualifications, trying to balance paying for your current life while you invest in the new life. It’s all pretty tricky and can easily get discouraging. And that’s why we see so many ‘second-halfer’s’ like me simply staying put and not following their bliss. Or sometimes we simply can’t figure out what the next move should be. I get stuck in that place quite often.
But I do know that in this New Year I do want to see change. I am ready to don my flying goggles and cap, wrap my scarf around my neck and put myself behind the wheel of that biplane. I want to charge off toward the horizon and seek that new adventure. I know it’s out there! And maybe when I do, I will find Amelia and thank her for inspiring me to spread my wings.