I was talking to my colleague the other day about the business trip that we are going on. We are flying from Sydney to Melbourne. He said that he enjoys the turbulence that he feels especially traveling on small airplanes. I thought that was an interesting comment so I asked him why? He said it reminds him that he is doing something that he’s not really meant to be doing. What he was referring to was that being 30,000 feet up in the air is unnatural for a human being, we are going against natures law – gravity.
Sometimes we get so cough up in our routines, our day-to-day lives we forget to stop and think for a while; are we just happily humming along to the same stream as everyone else because a force stronger than us pulls us in that direction? Or do we try to do something different, something that most people think we’re not meant to be doing? When the Wright brothers invented and built the world’s first successful airplane, would people back then ever have thought that in reality the Wright brothers had created something that today weighs 70,000kg and carries 500 people and flies 30,000 feet up in the air? Back then, fighting the force of gravity was perceived by most people as impossible.
Just because we have a perception that we’re not meant to be doing something, doesn’t mean we cannot do it. I will argue that natures law of gravity has been one of the strongest ever existing forces we’ve decided to fight. We’ve already conquered that force by creating airplanes. Knowing that, do you happily hum along with the rest of the stream, accepting this is how it is supposed to be? Or, do you create turbulence to remind yourself that you dear to do something different, something others think you’re not “meant” to be doing but you know you are?
Now when I’m boarding the airplane to go on our business trip I will be looking forward to the turbulence. It will remind me to step out of my routine, remind me that nothing is impossible as long as I perceive it possible, and that a bit of turbulence and doing something different can be a beautiful thing.
“I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know.” -Epicurus