Launcher Quote: “Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.”
When you’re part of a big achievement where you’re making history accomplishing things, it’s probably one of the best feelings in the world. You’re feeling like you’re on top of the world, you are excited to know that you’re treading territory no one else has before you, and you have the distinct feeling of confidence and a mix of nervousness to go with it that shows you’re hyper-aware of what achieving what you’re doing means.
For Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the subject of this Meditation Games entry, that has to be almost literally what she might have been feeling as she was high above in the sky, flying on her own, pioneering what would no doubt be the first of many such flights. I mean, I’m really, really terrible at flying games, so I unfortunately wasn’t doing the depiction of this event any favors by not flying through many hoops and making a landing that felt like a bowling ball being thrown down a gutter, but the important thing is that I was able to land, make the finish happen, and revel in that moment.
A lot of people like to equate achieving or pioneering something to flying, and in some respects, it definitely feels that way. But all the other things that accompany that kind of effort are everything from nerve-wracking to anxiety-inducing and a mixture of other emotions that sometimes get lost in the moment of making that achievement happen. It’s important to remember those, even when doing things that don’t involve making a landing for a massive hunk of metal with wings, and know that the context under which they happen, the story leading up to that landing, is just as important.