As long as I remember myself,I have always had a fascination for planes.Everytime I would lift my head up and watch it soar the skies until it was just a tiny speck in the horizon.Last night, after another exhausting day and after I had put my daughter to bed,I walked out onto the balcony.The cool breeze and the starry sky were soothing.I looked up at the sky, as usual.A plane came flying by.....at that moment I yearned to be on that plane so badly,to take me anywhere, away from the everyday whirlwind of my life.I felt it so intensely, it startled me.At that moment I swear I had an epiphany- and I don't have many, I tell you."What do you choose, fight or flight?"
All people, on more than one occasion in their lives are dealt this very question.It is
a question that has helped the survival of the human species over the centuries.But nowadays there are no wild beasts to run from.Not literally at least.Nowadays,it is
about choices. This is where the heroes part ways with the cowards.Do we choose to
turn our challenges into stepping stones to take us to a new level or flight by
consciously retreating to our comfort zone and choosing not to take any action?
It is a very conscious choice, no matter what we tell ourselves, no matter how
much we blame the circumstances or the people in our lives.
Tha past three or so years of my life have been far from perfect - a kaleidoscope of mixed feelings, which revealed a lot about myself. Challenges galore, internal struggle, confusion- the works.I suppose it has been the same for many people.I'll admit to having chosen to flee on more than one occasion, both mentally, by feeling the need to cocoon and withdraw in my own bubble, and physically.Last night, as I was watching that plane crossing the starry sky, begging to be taken away, I finally made that choice.
I will not settle, I will not flight.Not by a long shot. No more.I willl fight.Oh, I will be tempted to settle but this time I will mentally kick myself in the butt and snap out of it.
I will work like never before, create a future that will be more acceptable, take any opportunities given to me.No more compromises, no more excuses.I choose not to be
a coward anymore.Iam the hero of my own tale, write the verses of my own poem by myself, not have circumstances dictated to me by some unknown force.
So....next time I am actually on that plane, it will be not to flee, not to hide but to see the wonders of the world.I can't wait to see them.......after all, our dreams are just a journey away, right?
I am a passionate English teacher.Aspiring writer and speaker.I take educational matters to heart and hope to bring about some positive change in the field of education.