Homeschooling’s Black, White, & Gray Series 1 Episode 9
The career guidance test question asked, “Would you like to be a fighter pilot?” My choices: Yes or No. I thought, “I would like to be a fighter pilot once at least…but I don’t want to kill anyone…” So I marked, “Yes.” This might have messed up the results of the career test a little bit, but it felt empowering to mark, “Yes!”
When I received the results back, they were helpful in thinking about my future. I still mainly wanted to be a wife and a mother, but it gave me more self-awareness. In traditional schools, you take aptitude tests to help you figure out your career, but in homeschool, it’s up to the parents or the students to go after taking these tests. It’s a good idea to take at least one career aptitude test.
My parents helped me sign up and take those tests. They didn’t make all of us kids take them, but if we showed interested, then we could. I took the Career Direct test (and it is still around: http://www.careerdirectonline.org/). My parents and I still laugh about my wanting to be a fighter pilot.
What did I want from being a fighter pilot? Adventure, seeing new sights, and speeding through the heavens comes to mind.
Last weekend I got a little taste of being just a regular pilot, and it was different than I thought…
While visiting some hospitable friends last weekend with my boyfriend, I got the chance to go up in a small plane (a Cessna). The plane’s owner let me sit in the front seat (it only sat four of us!) with all the gauges, buttons, and the steering wheel in front of me. I was the co-pilot! Then, once we swooped off the ground (that is my favorite part!) the pilot let me take over the steering for a while.
The countryside lay out in front of us, with the rivers snaking their way across the land. The pilot had me follow the river. I just turned the steering wheel a little bit and the plane would move! (I had to remember to not act like I had been swerving all over like when playing video games the weekend before.)
Being a pilot takes more energy than you think because you have to pay attention to flying where you want to go and stay horizontal most of the time. I did NOT want to dive or swoop around much. Some of the stress came from realizing I was controlling the plane (the pilot could step in at any time) and we could go down if I made a mistake…And I like knowing how to do things well before I do them…so this stretched me in a good way. It was an adventure…Then…once I let go of the controls, my stomach started talking to me. My boyfriend said, “Good job!” from the back seat, and that made me feel happy.
I usually am not car or air sick, but this time I had to look at the horizon to not feel sick. Next time I should eat some ginger before flying, so that might help my stomach to stay steady.
The landing strip looked lovely, and I happily stepped on the solid ground again. I think my preference is being in big planes…but I’m glad I got to try flying a small plane. My fighter pilot dream got fulfilled with that experience, and I’m thankful for the wonderful people that made it happen.
Fighter pilots need stomachs of steel, and I guess I need to do more ab workouts…
By M. H. Campbell