Flying MAG

By Alex N., Oak Park, CA

     Ever since I was old enough to dream, I have imagined myself soaring with the eagles. My love of flying has sculpted the way I live and the person I have become. Two years ago that passion rocketed to new heights when I had the opportunity to visit Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona. For a whole week I lived in a college dorm, roomed with a total stranger, and - best of all - I flew!

My group took part in activities ranging from learning about the history of aviation to flying in state-of-the-art pilot training simulators. At least once a day, I strapped myself into one of the world’s best training aircraft, the Cessna 182. Not only did I receive thorough ground instruction, but I also got to fly. In total, I logged five hours toward receiving my private pilot’s license. In that one joyous and oh-so-short week, my passion for aviation grew even stronger. Now, whenever I see a plane flying overhead, I feel a sense of pride thinking, I’ve done that.

During my time in and above the Arizona desert, I learned not only about the mechanics and techniques of aviation, but also about myself and how I see the world. As I floated in that seemingly endless sea of air, I became aware of the variety and complexity of the humanity below. On the ribbons of roadways, each tiny car carried people with hopes and dreams. I clearly remember thinking, I wonder if any of those people has ever wished to fly like an eagle? Then I realized that each must have his or her own dreams and aspirations. That’s what makes us unique. We try to respond to something special inside us. I also realized that I was especially fortunate to be making my own dream come true.

Everywhere I go, I hear, “Do what makes you happy, and you will be happy.” It sounds like standard advice, but I’ve really thought about it and taken it to heart. I couldn’t care less about how much money I make or what benefits I receive. I know that I am already in hot pursuit of my dreams. And, even if they change, even if they ultimately don’t involve aviation ... I’ll always aim to fly with the eagles.



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on May. 11 at 1:11 pm
SCMGgirl7752 BRONZE, Filer, Idaho
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I love this! You really are a talented writer! I could really feel what you were saying. I hope you get to be with your eagles!

i love this so much!

ThatAuthor said...
on Aug. 16 2016 at 9:19 am
ThatAuthor, Hudddersfield, Other
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Incredible piece! I too know what it's like to fly, and it has been my dream since I was little to take control of an aircraft and fly high above the sky. I flew in a Grob Tutor, and at one point, the pilot turned off the engine, so we were gliding in silence. Soaring through the air and being in control of a plane is an amazing experience. I completely understand your passion. -Ella

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:21 pm
mlittle2,
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I dont like u

cj3210987 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:20 pm
cj3210987,
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Nah that's probably you in your english class

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:20 pm
mlittle2,
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Are you calling me poor? You don't know me, youre probably just this loser sitting in his english class alone trolling a poetry website just saying

cj3210987 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:18 pm
cj3210987,
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I DECLARE BANKRUPTCY

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:18 pm
mlittle2,
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what is so hurtful cj you dont even understand go kys first

cj3210987 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:17 pm
cj3210987,
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good kys mlittle

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:17 pm
mlittle2,
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OMG i cant believe you said that im actually crying now ive had a bad day

cj3210987 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:16 pm
cj3210987,
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"Excuse me? I was just trying to be nice, but you had to get all up in my biness. You're really stupid cj i dont like you" When you sound like a whiny b***h

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:15 pm
mlittle2,
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Excuse me? I was just trying to be nice, but you had to get all up in my biness. You're really stupid cj i dont like you

cj3210987 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:14 pm
cj3210987,
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You're stupid ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡° )

mlittle2 said...
on May. 20 2016 at 12:14 pm
mlittle2,
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This was nice!

tyler48iss said...
on Oct. 13 2015 at 12:44 pm
tyler48iss,
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your wrong about all the things your saying

furqanghori said...
on Jun. 7 2013 at 9:29 pm
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