Who Says You Can’t Fly?
I’m writing this post on what would have been Amelia Earhart’s 115th birthday. When I found this intriguing tidbit on a Google Doodle, I thought about the famous aviatrix who was an international icon and an inspiration to all of us. When she was 10 years old, Amelia saw her first plane at a state fair. She wasn’t all that impressed until a decade later when she attended a stunt-flying exhibition. As one of the planes swooped by, something awakened in her. In that moment, Amelia said, “I knew I had to fly.”
With all the obstacles she faced—going against conventional female behavior and battling financial struggles—Amelia stayed strong. She broke all kinds of records, received all kinds of awards, saved up enough money to eventually buy her own airplane, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific, and proved that dreams can come true. And she did it without an iPhone, access to Google Earth, a laptop or taking a motivational workshop!
What was it that kept her going? I believe it was that Amelia always knew what direction she wanted to go . . . up! So whenever we lose focus on our dreams and get discouraged, let’s look to Amelia, who exemplified four ways to keep from getting our feathers ruffled and keep our spirits flying high.
- Be Passionate. With passion, you can do anything. Amelia loved aviation and loved to fly with all her heart. She spent many days cutting out articles from newspapers and magazines about successful women in male-dominated industries—film directors, managers, engineers, lawyers. Amelia was practicing the Law of Attraction decades before it was cool and even created her own dream board of all the women she wanted to emulate. She didn’t accept her reality, she created it!
- Be Determined. With determination, you can achieve anything. Can you imagine how many people tried to discourage Amelia, telling her she was crazy to pursue such an outrageous dream? No other women dared to do this. It was unheard of. But she kept her eye on her dream and never let it out of her sight. And her “I can do anything” attitude helped her achieve so much.
- Be Courageous. With courage, you erase your obstacles. Some people may only remember Amelia’s last flight that ended in tragedy and mystery. Some people think it’s better to play it safe. Amelia didn’t think so. If she gave in to her fears, her dream would have disappeared in oblivion. And to her, that was a bigger tragedy. Amelia was well aware of the hazards and she embraced them. “Women must try to do things as men have tried,” she wrote in one of her last letters. “When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”
- Have Fun. With fun, you can have it all. Amelia didn’t take up aviation because she could make lots of money, become a big success or star in her own TV show. She did it because it was fun. Pure and simple! Amelia wrote several books about her adventures, but her favorite was the one in which she told personal stories about the people who inspired her and the things she loved. This book was appropriately titled: The Fun of It.
Even today, people continue to search for remnants of Amelia’s last days for answers. Maybe it’s time to take a closer look at the treasures she left us throughout her life instead.
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