I want the Amelia Earhart syndrome: you know, the raw love for doing something that sets the mind, spirit and body free. Amelia accomplished more than anyone in the world at that time thought was even possible. She loved flying –the feeling of being her own bird — and she dreamed of flying the world. So, against all odds, she did. But, to me, she is an inspiration for more than just her progressive aviation and impressive feminism, she is the embodiment of passion. She showed the world that true dreams change the world if the dreams are born out of purity, passion and persistence.
I like wondering what it was specifically about flying that drove Amelia to the ends of the world. I want to know what she loved most about being in the air — perhaps it was the way in which the horizen blends the skyline with the ocean, how close she might have felt to God, or the peaceful blanket of the clouds that surrounded her cockpit — but I will never know. All I will know is that there is something about flying that made Amelia’s soul come alive, and I believe that we all have Amelia’s passion in us, we just need to slow down our lives sometimes to realize what it is.
What do you do that makes you come alive, makes your spirit sparkle and your eyes gaze contentedly? If you are a runner, why do you like the feeling of your feet hitting the pavement? If you write, why do you love the way the keys dance underneath your fingertips on the keyboard? If you like yoga, what is it about your favorite pose that makes you want to do it over and over again?
Everyone of us has oceans to fly if only we have the heart to do it. What do dreams know of boundaries if they are born out of true passion? Allow your heart to dream and to follow what you truly love to do. Page the Amelia Earhart in you and dare to be different.