Well, I have literally had my head in the clouds last week. My hubby and I flew his plane out west to see our children and grandchildren-- one who is only six weeks old! Hubby has his private pilot's license and I am a student pilot. One of the perks is not waiting forever at the airport, having delays and cancellations, and dealing with TSA. The down side is bad weather that could cause an accident and mechanical problems. We can't simply pull over at the next cloud and call for roadside assistance nor wait out the storm up there. A boring flight is always a good flight.
The trip was great. We enjoyed spoiling the grand kids, especially the new baby. It was fun doing things with our kids while seeing where they live. We have come to the conclusion we have our children while we are young for a reason. They are quite the little bundles of energy! We got plenty of exercise with them by taking walks, playing with them, and taking a hike on a mountain trail in the Lincoln National Park. I love the legacy physical activity, healthy eating, and Christian faith we have left with our children.
There are a number of valuable tidbits from our trip you might find valuable:
1. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can prevent a host of problems. It takes flexibility to get into a low wing plane without a step stool. Low back and hamstring tightness is common in the US for adults. Playing with grandchildren takes the ability to get up and down off the floor, jogging after them, and the endurance to stay engaged with them in their natural curiosity. It also takes strength to pick them up. Do you need to get your health and weight under control? Sign up for Healthy Lifestyles!
2. Regular exercise is important for pilots and co-pilots. We experienced some altitude issues at 9,000-10,000 feet above sea level because our altitude in Michigan is very low. People with greater aerobic conditioning tend to fare better at high altitudes. Anyone with certain health issues may have problems without oxygen on board. Also, even though the bill passed waving medical clearances, your own primary care doctor can deem you unable to fly due to heart, blood pressure, and any other health condition that could make you a hazard to yourself and others during flight. Taking care of yourself isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. Come join us for the Guts 2 Gallons Weight Loss Challenge!
3. Getting away for a few days is an oasis from stress. Certainly travel has it's stresses, but stepping out of daily living to see breathtaking sights, relaxing with family, and spending time with your spouse reduce the toxins that build up during long term stress conditions. See Rest, Relax, Renew.
4. Taking risks is a part of trying out new things. I admit that I have a fear of heights. It takes the willingness to take calculated risks to experience new things in life. I would have never become a martial arts instructor with a 3rd degree black belt, a personal trainer, lifeguard, nor study to become a pilot otherwise. Nothing worthwhile in life is risk-free. Whatever it is you want to do or experience takes a willingness to step out in faith with reasonable information in order to have some idea of what you are about to tackle. It also takes goal setting to make a dream reality.
5. Getting older isn't synonymous to "being old". The older I've become, the more important it is to get rid of preconceived notions about what it means to"be old". Just because I can't color my hair anymore or have a few wrinkles doesn't make me old. Giving up and giving in to cultural norms where I live and thinking I should be like my grandmother would make me old. The main points of growing old gracefully is a change of mindset coupled with healthy living.
6. Faith can take you through a multitude of challenges. We prayed through decisions to stop or continue our flight due to threatening weather conditions along with an engine that hates to hot start. We trusted the Lord to take us to our destinations safely. We also trusted God would take us Home in His time. Faith in God's goodness, provision, and guiding hand takes the pressure off stressful circumstances when we stay firmly connected with Him.
7. Married couples are a team, not competitors with each other. My hubby's skillful flight and my ability watch gauges, follow maps, and some other helps took team work on our part. We've only been married two years, but it sometimes feels like we've been married longer. It would have been a disaster if we played tug of war with each other. Christian married couples are united together as one with Christ at the center. That very fact brings harmony to the relationship by pulling together two different skill sets, gifts, and lives to accomplish great things for God's Kingdom.
Thank you for your kind patience while we traveled and for your faithful readership. Many blessings to you!