The Spirit of Amelia Earhart

This week we’re celebrating the life of someone very special, Amelia Earhart.  Born on July 24, this woman went on to change the world for both women and aviation.   Her spirit, determination and passion have inspired generations following her life.

When I checked out her biography this week, what inspired me most was “the moment:”

“It wasn’t until Earhart attended a stunt-flying exhibition, almost a decade later, that she became seriously interested in aviation. A pilot spotted Earhart and her friend, who were watching from an isolated clearing, and dove at them. “I am sure he said to himself, ‘Watch me make them scamper,'” she said. Earhart, who felt a mixture of fear and pleasure, stood her ground. As the plane swooped by, something inside her awakened. “I did not understand it at the time,” she said, “but I believe that little red airplane said something to me as it swished by.””

Have you had an awakening?  A moment when your whole body seemed to feel alive, almost humming with intensity?  It’s moments like this that everyone hopes for in their life, and moments that make life worth living.  These moments often can show you your purpose or passion in life.

Amelia could have done many things with her life, but her choice was to pursue flying.  I’m sure that she received more than her fair share of criticism and did a lot of her initial planning in secret because she knew she was going against the flow.  Don’t be afraid to pursue your dreams, taking it slow and secret initially, telling only the people who will support you.  But when the time is right, seize the moment and follow the vision set before you by Amelia.

What have you started?  What big dreams are you following?  I’d love to support you as you follow your vision, share your dreams below.

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