The Big Think

June 3, 2015

What I Learned About Fear by Intentionally Stalling a Plane

Filed under: Hobbies — jasony @ 12:12 pm

What I Learned About Fear by Intentionally Stalling a Plane:

“Between my ninth and tenth flying lessons, the fever broke. I don’t know how or why. Part of it was simply accumulating time in the air. After ten or so hours, I no longer had any reason to think the plane crashed by magic. And part of it was a better technical grasp of the many aspects of flying. I gained confidence in my power to make the airplane predictable. That is the pilot’s preeminent goal.

But another part of it was a growing fatigue, even a disgust: I was sick of being scared. I was tired of not taking the initiative.

I wanted to fly. I wanted to have fun.

Before my first lesson, I asked Tom if I was going to die. Tom is a circumspect man, careful to choose his words, but never at the expense of a forthright answer.

‘Eventually, yes,’ he said. ‘Nobody gets out alive.’

Later, he added, ‘Now, are you going to live? That’s another story. That’s a subjective question. Not dying is not the same as living.'”

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