A year ago today I said to myself: “This is the year that I will get into the Finnish Aviation Academy.” Today I said to myself: “This is the year I start my flight training.”
A beginning of a new year is a good time to think about your dreams, your life, where you are and where you want to be. For me a beginning of a new year has always been a time when it is easier to leave behind the things I do not want in my life anymore. It is a crossroads where I can change direction. This year though, I feel like I am finally where I need to be.
A while ago I remembered something that happened to me a long time ago. In 1998 I had a summer job working in a call center for a travel agency. One time a lady called from the Finnish Pilots’ Association (FPA). After dealing with the business, the conversation shifted into a discussion about becoming a pilot. I mentioned my dream to her and that I was not eligible to apply at the time. I was too short and no allergies were accepted. She then told me that her husband is a Finnair pilot and that he also had to wait for years to be able to apply. I think his impediment was that he wore eyeglasses before they were accepted. She then said to me that maybe you can apply someday, just wait.
Well, I waited. For a long time. But this is The year. I only have to wait for 34 more days and the lifelong wait is over. I wish everyone a very happy and healthy year of 2013. May your dreams come true!