It has been three months today since I first flew an airplane.
That's it. Just three months.
I feel certain that something here must be incorrect. How can such a short period of time have passed? Three months is nothing. Am I stuck in a time vortex? Is time on a loop for me? Have I been watching too much Doctor Who? Well... yes I have been watching too much Doctor Who, but that's irrelevant. Three months doesn't seem like much time at all, and yet, as I said before, it seems like it has been a lifetime.
I tried to think back to a time when I didn't always look above when I heard an airplane pass overhead. I can't. I know it must have been less than four months ago that I developed such a Pavlovian response, but the time before is failing to register.
While I was at work today, one of the servers found a child's book called Angela's Airplane (Annikins).
I grew up somewhat ignorant of Robert Munsch, so I had never heard of it. But I suppose a child left it behind at The Restaurant, and this other server found it and gave it to me. I thought it was adorable, and perhaps a little bit of the Universe making itself heard, as it is so wont to do.
Happy three months to me, and many many more to come. It's going to be a long journey, and this little anniversary will surely amount to the tiniest fraction in the end, but right now it feels like an accomplishment.
Happy to say I am in a much more positive state of mind than I was following my last lesson. For a time I was considering taking a week off from lessons in order to relax a little and not be so frazzled, thinking that if I was so easily distracted then I would never focus properly. However now that I have calmed down a little, I see that it would be a stupid move to take time away from my lessons. Two weeks between lessons would surely make me forget things, and make it even harder for me to perfect my landing. This will only make me more frustrated, and then I'll be back to square one. Plus I love that Tuesday always has me in the air. It's my happy. It's my drug. I don't want to quit! I need that next hit!
This weekend will see me doing a spot of province hopping for The Airline. I am quite looking forward to it. These days I am happy with any and all flights I can get my eager little hands on. That's the curse of charter airlines. There isn't always going to be enough contracts to keep everyone flying full time. But I'm still working every so often, and I think it will just make me appreciate my pairings a lot more when they come my way! (This pairing in particular has the added bonus of potentially being firefighter movement! Thank you powers that be!)