"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." -Mark Twain
Let’s begin this upcoming weekly discussing something that has been pressing my mind for a long time. The power of you. Ever since I began my flight training, I have to whole heartedly admit that I have been entering a new realm of things. The weirdest things have happened to me during my training to become a pilot. However, I have learned so much about myself from various stampeding experiences that have curated several epiphytical experiences. See, I have truly been able to expand upon my knowledge by growing into the pilot I am right now.
It is now nearing the time of spring, which means the flowers will be blooming. Isn’t this world amazing? Yes! Sometimes it is so important to take a break from the worries of everyday life, get out in nature, and do something good. No, I don’t necessarily mean something good for the world. I truly mean take care of yourself. Being able to find the ‘sweet’ spot that curates a perfect work and life balance is nearly impossible. Life is truly about managing our problems and putting mind over mountain type of a thing. Maybe something feels like too much, but can’t you do something about it? One thing I have learned that has helped aid in my mental health during my time at school has to be breaking huge tasks into smaller ones.
If you are in flight school, you will understand that pilots favor their checklists. Why is that? Well, it is due to the fact that they break down something large into something more manageable. Brains cannot remember something big without getting stressed, so those lists are meant to break it down into the nitty gritty details. What is life without challenges? Well, that would be a very boring one. Using habitual checklists for homework, tests, and study time can really help a college student release stress.
Maybe it is just getting too much and you need a break to get your mind off the ‘pain.’ Something that I have truly taken a love for is attending sports games. Honestly, the only sport this girl truly likes is Baseball. However, everything is not just baseball -it never will be. With that being said, I have attended a few basketball games, a couple volleyball games, as well as a football game. I am not a sports fanatic like most people, but what I do know is that attending gets the mind off of the daily life. I just recently went to a gymnastics meet with a friend of mine, and we definitely had fun chatting and watching the meet.
Everyone needs to understand the concept of ‘setting the mind free.’ No, I do not mean literal brainwashing, nor mind cleansing. I am really talking about spending time in nature. See, nature is one of the best ways to get the mind off of stress. Usually I will take a walk around campus, or spend some time plane spotting at my local airport. Finding joy in nature starts with getting out in nature. If I am not in the cockpit of an airplane, I am usually found out in nature studying or walking around. Nature provides solace and a space for the heart. Winter time is always hard for me due to the cold weather and snow. However, since it is nearing spring time, it is detrimental to get outside. Enjoying our true home is a tip for savers.
Everything you do will influence your future by a hundredfold, so always and forever remember that. Keep flying high. This is a super short blog post this week, but next week I will actually be talking about more tips for college, along with maintaining a good and stable mental health condition. All factors are super important to consider and understand. Within the coming weeks, I will go into detail about mental health in the aviation industry due to the fact that it is not talked about as often. Well, I hope you all have an amazing week, and happy Freedom Flyday! Cheers
My name is Jetta, and I am a student pilot currently attending Southern Utah University to become an airline pilot. Join me on my journey from zero to the left seat.