Home is in Every Country
I’m almost 30 days and 7 countries into my 90 day 23 country around the world flying trip, which raises money for aspiring pilots, showcases aviation technology and makes flying less expensive for everyone! The strange thing is that when I’m traveling this much I don’t feel like any one place is really home. In fact, my home seems to be every country I’m visiting. My world is expanding, and as I change this reality it seems clear that the entire planet is where I belong. I am a citizen of the world. I’m seeing more similarities than differences between people and places. My particular hometown, religion, color, and ethnicity are not as important as the things like my desire for joy, happiness, health, freedom, adventure and peace. These are things that connect me to all the wonderful people I have been meeting and calling family.
When I intentionally think back before this new way of being to my life before this trip, I draw a little bit of a blank. My new life is now defining me, and I’m living in the present. My experiences are not referenced back to my past, dwelling on what people think about what I have done. I’m building new relationships, getting stimulation from the people I meet, and seeing life through a fresh set of eyes. My life now involves meeting new pilots, lecturing on pilot safety and decision making, exploring distant lands, being repeatedly in awe of what I’m seeing and experiencing and flying more than I ever imagined possible. This magic place of gratitude is a wonderful space where my heart is full of excitement and wonder.
And the coolest part of all this is that it has only taken 30 days to change the way I see and interact in the world! I’ve reset, redefined and reframed the reality, and now I’ve got this new rhythm. It shows me if I start doing something now and for the next 30 days, I can make it part of my life. Whether it be changing how I see the world, changing how I am with myself, appreciating those in my life, dreaming bigger than I ever have or living in a space of gratitude.
This being said it makes sense to change a few more things in my life. I’m going to stop playing small. I’m going for it! I will play with the big boys because even though I may seem to be a little smaller now I think I can, I think I can…”