As part of the preparation for my student exchange to Thailand in 1995 I was taught the following poem. For some reason it’s always stuck with me.
When you come to the edge of all you have known,
and only darkness is before you
Faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be someone to catch you
Or you will be taught how to fly
When Jed and I were discussing whether we should give this relationship a go, meaning I’d need to move half way around the world, this was the poem that came into my head. An image of the two of us standing on the edge of a cliff, holding hands, about to step off into the the darkness, knowing that we’d make it, we had the ability to learn how to fly.
Hence the name of this blog. It does not reference the Tom Petty song. Instead it is about how to create a life that allows you to fly; to be that person you dream of being; to be happy and content and engaged and loved. To have hope. To experience joy. About learning how to make life better overall. An adventurous journey.
At least it will be, when I stop being scared of displaying those sorts of thoughts to the world. That’s a major part of learning to fly.
Underlying my entire concept of flying and how to live a fulfilled life is the concept of awareness. All we can ever ask of ourselves is to be aware.
“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.” – Henry Miller
Posts that deeply address the theme of Flying:
Otherwise, click on the Flying category tag at right for all articles that are related to the theme.