So my very first blog post! I’m not going to pretend that I haven’t been carefully considering what to write for the past few days but I thought if I didn’t bite the bullet soon then I never would. I decided that for my first post it will be a good idea to give you a bit of background on me, how this whole thing came to be and what you can expect to see in the future.
I’ve always had an interest in aviation and I’m not sure where it came from as I have no family members who work in the industry or who are even interested in it as I am. From a young age I would check books out from the library about planes (showing my age, pre-internet) and my dad would begrudgingly take me to Heathrow Viewing Area in the Queens Building to watch them and have a slush puppy. Such a shame they closed that building. I was never really interested in noting registrations or aircraft type but just simply to watch how beautiful they were. I was fascinated with them and I decided that a career in aviation was for me. Sadly I was more interested in sports than learning during my time at school and didn’t come out with the best results and ended up joining the family business as many people do when at a loss for what to do next. I spent a couple of years before I realised this wasn’t for me so I decided to go travelling for a year and hope inspiration would find me.
This is where my love for travelling was born. In honesty I had quite a privileged upbringing and travelled far and wide with my family. Brazil, India, Thailand, America and lots of different places in Europe not that I really appreciated this at the time. On my gap year I travelled across South- East Asia, New Zealand and then set up home in Australia. I actually ended up living in Sydney for 10 months and was considering applying for a longer visa and living there permanently but missed friends and family in the end.
On my return to the UK, I decided a career in Aviation was what would ultimately make me happy and without the funds to train to be a pilot, I decided to apply at NATS to become and ATC. I got through all of the stages but the final stage where I failed the psychometric exam as they felt that at my young age I would struggle with the pressure that comes with the role. So it wasn’t to be and over the next 10 years, I built my way up in a global business, started my own business, had three beautiful children and grew up. I still would go and watch planes and it was nice to take my children with me but I always had a sense that I should be doing something to do with this industry as that it what I’m passionate about.
So a few months ago I decided that at the ripe age of 35, the world is still my oyster and I can do whatever I want to do. I’m in a position where my business is reasonably well established so I have some free time to pursue other things. So I decided that I would take my PPL commencing in 2018 without any idea where it would take me and to start this blog to share my passion with others. It might not be something that is hugely popular but it allows me to bring out a side of me that has been largely dormant for a number of years and that is my main reason in doing this. Where it may take me and who I may meet as consequence only adds to the excitement.
In terms of what to expect on here there are only really three areas that I will be looking at and those are; aviation, travel and my journey on becoming a pilot. My main focus will be positing pictures and videos, with perhaps a weekly blog post to update on my story.
I hope that people reading or looking at my photos get some enjoyment from me sharing my journey as ultimately that it what it is all about. We are here to learn from each other, to inspire each other as we walk our own paths in life and I’d love to hear from anyone who appreciates what I have to say and share on here.