Have you encountered triumph through turbulence?
As you know, had more than a little turbulence in my life, cancer and wind and many other forms.
It’s just over 4 years since my last tumour, and 5 weeks away from the 5th anniversary of being told my cancer was terminal and I could be dead in 6 weeks. And yes – a very turbulent experience, facing death, accepting death, then surviving.
For twenty years I was a keen pilot, gliders, fixed wing, and helicopters – many a tale in that of the power of wind and turbulence. Gliding in wave cloud at 20,000 ft at 120 knots is one of the smoothest flying experiences of my life. Getting down out of the wave was quite a bumpy ride.
In my younger days I sailed all sorts of things, including a 34ft vessel on the leading edge of a cyclone.
I’ve been at sea in excess of 80 knots of wind 3 times – in some truly mountainous seas.
I live in a place where the wind blows over 70 knots several times most years, and over 100 knots most decades. So even at home we have many “turbulent” experiences.
Those experiences certainly do go a long way towards shaping who we become. I have certainly learned a lot about what I am capable of through them.
The fact that I am here, writing this, is probably my greatest triumph.
Thank you for your assistance in that – a certain rock is in my left trouser pocket as I write, even though I’m in a corporate office 300 miles from home – awaiting the start of the working day.