"It is in the fulfillment of all that I wish for or want -
that my life's destiny begins to unfold."
This weekend I received an email from a young lady looking for advice. Not just any lady, but one of our “Why I want to fly” essay contest winners. She also volunteered at one of our Fly It Forward events last year. This is what Kandyce Crandall wrote:
I am writing with the hope that you have some solid advice for me.
I volunteered at the fly-it-forward event in Renton, WA back in December. Since then, I have had several flying lessons. The passion that I feel for flying is soo strong that I've decided to enroll in Central Washington University's commercial pilot bachelors degree program.
This is a huge, exciting new adventure for me, and I have to admit, a little frightening too. I will have to uproot my home & quit my job of many years~ get completely out of my comfort zone!! By the time I graduate from the university I will probably be close to 36yrs old and have around 400+ hours of flight time.
I have received some really positive and exceptional feedback from my CFI's when I have flown. I've also gotten some negative comments from dream crushers out there and it's fueled my fire even more to do this, but it's also made me doubt the reality of my dreams.
I just want to know, from a woman in the industry, if I have realized my calling too late and would I be going deep into debt for an aviation career that is merely just a dream? (Although, there are a ton of scholarships for woman that I will be applying for too!!)
I'm going to do this no matter what but I feel I need some realistic encouragement. Any knowledge you can pass on is appreciated.
Thank you so much for everything! You are an inspiration to me and many others!!
P.S. I LOVED my flying lesson at Galvin!
How could anything be more motivating that finding your passion, uprooting your life and fulfilling your destiny?
Kandyce, you are not too late to follow your dream. I applaud you for realizing that this is the only life you have, and you're not afraid to make the most of it. You will “do this no matter what,” I have no doubt. With your resolve, how could you fail? You can’t. You’ll graduate with 400 hours, at 36 years old, and the adventure will have just begun, again.
You’ll soon learn that your goal of becoming an airline pilot will be second to the joy of the journey to achieve it... flying planes. Enjoy every moment. This is your life—it’s the only one you get—make the most of it. You can do anything under the sun, and over the clouds.
Graduating at 36? You’ll still have 29 years to fly commercially. Give yourself another four years to build your hours then you’re looking at a 25-year career before retirement, with the company of your choice.
Can you do it? Absolutely! Your destiny has just unfolded. Believe. There is nothing you can’t accomplish.
Does anyone have any encouraging words for Kandyce? I know this courageous lady would love to hear from you.
Enjoy the journey!