Keeping with my latest theme of talking about why flying is such an awesome endeavor, I wrote this short article around a quote from a great aviator and author.
“I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things…” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
If you are unfamiliar with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, stay tuned as I’m reading one of his seminal works, Wind, Sand, and Stars and a review will be forthcoming.
I can’t think of a truer statement to make when it comes to flying. It is one of the ultimate release mechanisms; a way to shrug off your worries and focus 100% on the task at hand.
It may be truer now than when he uttered this in the first half of the last century. Our modern world is cluttered with distractions – we are completely bombarded. Personally, I have a bad habit of checking my phone about every :15, partly due to the nature of my job. This habit melts away when I’m in the cockpit. It’s all about taking care of business and enjoying the experience.
I have done many other things that distract me from the chatter in my brain and the outside world, things like motorcycles, running, and horseback riding; for me nothing has been able to hypnotize like flying. Maybe it’s the intensity? The hint of danger? The majestic view? The tactile experience? I’m not sure. All I know is when I take flight, my psyche changes, and for the better.
Interesting. What are we running away from? A lot of things in this day and age.
As an American I have felt the grip of being less free each year. More restrictions, more security theatre, more fear mongering by the media, and less financial freedom.
To be able to rise above all this is truly a gift; is there no better freedom than to free your mind?
Go back to the top and re-read the quote.