November 12, 2004

Why Do You Fly?

clouds_1.jpg"Why do you fly?", a question I have been asked many times. I have briefly touched on this subject in some previous posts (Joy of Flying, Seeing America from the Cockpit of a Small Plane). I read a post on this week asking this very question. I came across many of the common responses such as flying was something the person has always wanted to do since they saw their first airshow or Top Gun; or reasons like "because I can". But it was interesting to see so many thoughtful answers and such almost spiritual responses. I enjoyed reading many of the posts:
  • "enjoyment and the feeling of accomplishment everytime i step out of the aircraft." ~jaunt10
  • "I always love the way birds soar through the sky. The ability to defy gravity and move about in an ocean of air." ~PilotDamien
  • "The first things that come to mind are the concepts such as freedom, self-discipline, achievement, fun and comradarie which all mix together to create an irresistible combination for me. However, even deeper than these ideas, perspective really moves me as well. I love how different things look from the sky...the different visual perspective frees my mind and soul." ~ceflyer
  • "flying creates a very spiritual experience for me." ~HIGHwing
  • "Because it sings to my soul." ~Dot_AK
  • "The same reason I always have flown: I need it. I cannot describe why, and probably never will. -I simply need to fly." ~Sabrina

I cannot put my finger on the one reason I fly. I have many similar thoughts to those that were posted on Part of it is the achievement of making a dream a reality and finally learning to fly after years of looking up at the skies wishing I could fly.

Another part might be the ability to lose oneself in thought while flying. Flight can be such a relaxing experience. There is so much to do when flying but yet I feel like the entire time I am at the airport or in the skies my batteries are recharging.

In life I have learned that having a good and varying perspective on life's situations better prepares you to handle any situation. NASA Astronaut Donald Williams said, "For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us." I find that flying just gives me a broader perspective on life and makes life just that much more enjoyable.

I may never put my finger on why I love to fly, nor will I spend much more time thinking on it. I will just continue to fly and hope I can share the enjoyment of doing so with many more!

Posted by at November 12, 2004 8:13 PM

Cool post. Your comment about losing yourself and recharging your batteries is how I feel when I play the guitar.

Posted by: Mike at November 14, 2004 12:13 PM | Reply

I feel most content when I am challenged which leads to "losing myself". Learning to fly has been a long time "daydream" that slowly coming a reality. Even though I am only in my 3rd lesson, when I am up there, my mind is pretty much free of everything. It's exhilerating.

Posted by: Aymiee at November 20, 2004 2:36 AM | Reply

According to Richard over at StronglyTyped ( the reason people love to fly is called "The Bug" check it out:

Posted by: Todd at November 22, 2004 5:09 PM | Reply

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