In the 18 Month Recap, I gave an overview of my life since May 2015. Reflecting on those events, I have discovered and realized a few things that may have been God at work.
It’s a Small World
I had thought about going to a flight school in Bowling Green, KY. I decided against it due to the cost. When I was working in East Texas, one of the guys that worked for me, was from Bowling Green, KY. I actually didn’t put the two together until a few days ago.
Also, when Jackson was born, we had a Doula from NIDO Birth that came to help to fill in for a friend of Janie’s. We met the night of his birth. In talking, the doula and I discovered we went to high school together, graduated from the same class, and know several people in common (we went to a very large HS so there was a lot of people you didn’t know). On top of that, I interviewed for a job at a company her husband works at. I didn’t get the job, but hopefully that’s because I’m meant to be flying.
Core Gifts and Talents
I have always thought and been recognized for being talented when it comes to technology. What I have realized is that technology has just been the default application of my core talents: quick learning and problem solving.
I read and took StrengthsFinder 2.0 and discovered my top 3 strengths are:
- Maximizer: I focus on strengths to stimulate personal and group excellence. I seek to transform something strong into something superb.
- Ideation: I am fascinated by ideas. I like to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.
- Strategic: I tend to create alternate ways of doing things and can quickly spot relevant patterns and issues.
To use my strengths and talents, I thought a career in Data Science would be good long-term career. To pursue Data Science, I would need to get a Masters degree, which isn’t a bad thing, just not very motivated to go for one. I like software development personally, but don’t have the education or experience to do it professionally. Whenever something reignites the flying spark, all other interests become less attractive. As soon as flying comes in to focus, it’s like tunnel vision. Things like being on the computer seem less appealing. Hobbies I wanted to pursue, like kayak fishing, camping, tour cycling, all seem ‘eh’.
Going into professional flying career, with several days away, my marriage needs to be solid. In the past several months, my marriage has been strengthened. Janie and I are the closest we have ever been and in a much better place than we were a year ago. We have put Jesus first and each other second. We pray together often.
By moving to East Texas, we sold our house near Weatherford, TX. The property was great, but the house had become a burden financially and physically. Getting out from under the house has been a huge relief. In the mean time we have also traded vehicles to more reliable, cheaper, and easier to maintain vehicles. After we sell our RV and pay a few medical bills, we will be in a good place financially to start flight training (with an education loan) and get our own place again.