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Type rated on A330, B747-400, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Do it Before It's too Late

Monday Motivation:

"Make time and do it today.
This moment may be your last opportunity."

A flight to someday lands at an airport called nowhere. This is a place where tomorrow never comes. You wake up, and tomorrow is always a day away. Talk about baggage fees. Carry your baggage on this flight, and you’ll be paying for the rest of your life with regret.

This year is dedicated to doing something each month that I've wanted to do, but keep putting off until next week, or month, or year, because the timing isn't right, and the scheduling hasn't worked. Sometimes, you just have to make it work. It's well worth it when you do.

So what do you get when you cross a Delta FO, with a WASP, a USAir Captain, and a Mesa Captain?

Karlene, Betty, Nancy and Mary

A really great time!

After I spoke at Nelson middle school at Impact Day, I flew to the airport and hitchhiked to Arizona. Two days off and I made the most of them. I met the most wonderful people filled with the greatest hospitality! Nancy's family was great and welcomed me to their beautiful home. Mary was so much fun to laugh with. Betty was a hoot!

If you don't know Betty Blake, click HERE. She's 91 and was one of the first WASP. She is now the last in her class still with us. But that could have something to do with her attitude.

Nancy took me for a hike to Pinnacle Peak. It has been many years since I'd hiked that trail. And the amazing thing is, Nancy and I were both hired by America West Airlines within the same time frame. She was on the line. I was in the school house. So sad our paths never crossed before, but they were bound to.

I'd heard there was a UsAir pilot helping Betty on her days off. But months later a woman contacted me because of my connection with Medicine on the Move. Nancy and her friend Gina, who is an amazing woman, wanted information on MOM to help out. Gina is a hospice nurse going beyond the call of duty. She would love to go to Ghana and lend a hand. Nancy contacted me about that connection, and realized I'd done a blog on Betty. I soon learned that she was the woman helping Betty. We've been trying to make it happen for me to go down that way for months.

It was time to just do it. I'm so glad I did. Betty said, "I'd always wanted to go to Alaska, and Africa." The reality is, she wouldn't be making it in this life. Don't put off your dreams, because you may run out of time. Make them happen sooner than later.

What have you been putting off that you should just do before it's too late?

Enjoy the Journey!
XOX Karlene


  1. How wonderful that you got together with these amazing women. Inspiring for sure to all of us who want to make the most of time. thanks!

  2. What a great group of ladies, and such an important message. Life waits for no one. We must seize it!

    1. Heather, so true. It's just not waiting for us... it's flying by!

  3. Yes,I really agree with you,Karlene san!! This time may be my last opportunity,and it could be!!
    I need to figure out what should I do,and how to cope with sadness after I need to cancel my flight.
    Thank you so much for motivational saying!!
    Best wishes,

    1. Jun, what flight are you canceling? Don't feel sad. I will call you tomorrow.


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