Why I wanted to become a pilot? I wanted to fulfill my dream and also because I’m the type of person who wants to live my life to the fullest and also enjoy what I do as people say “You’ll be working your ass off for the rest of your life (well up to u retire though)” so why not choose something that you love to do? I love traveling to different countries to experience their cultures and of course as a typical Malaysian , to try food all over the globe! HAHA! Well, I’m not that fortunate to try those stunts so well, being a pilot does give me that advantage and of course the feeling of being up there in the skies makes a person feel at peace and the symbol of freedom. Dressing up in that uniform makes you feel honored and it’s also something to take pride in. That’s why, I would rephrase myself that I was actually inspired to become a pilot rather than dreaming of becoming one since young.
“So you wanna be a pilot?” My reply : Of course! I wanted to venture into the world of aviation ever since I watched the TVB show “Triumph in the skies” (for commercial pilot). The show depicts the progress of young applicants vying for a spot to be the selected few and finally they are in the cadet pilot training facility where they go through months of “torture” though actually is quite interesting and fun. They are actually tested in various ways and of course like in any other fields, they have attend lectures and exams while making friends and also learning to work as a team. By watching the show, I had the opportunity to imagine how life a future pilot would be and was determined to follow their footsteps although I would guess in reality that it could differ. Nevertheless I was prepared for the challenges ahead!
The devastating point was when I related my will to my mom, she was silent at first and then went on to tell me all those conversational thinking that “flying is dangerous”, “being a pilot, your life is high risk..you could die anytime” and of course the stories of planes crashing frequently nowadays and also the incident of the terrorists which hijacked the plane and crashed into the infamous World Trade Centre in the US, often referred to as the 9/11 incident.. My mother then coaxed me into taking up Law as she did not have the opportunity to have a proper higher education during her time which was supposed to be her dream of becoming a lawyer. I, being a filial child just nodded my head and agreed to it. And off I was sent to a premier school of law straight after my SPM days where I spent 4 ½ years since A’Levels till now which I’m in my final year degree Bachelors of Law. Though I succumbed to my parents’ wishes, I did not give up my dreams to pursue a pilot’s career in which I’m still hopeful that I can achieved it after obtaining my first degree.
My dream was a faded one up until recently when I heard about my friends talking about the route to becoming a pilot at Airasia where I felt fired up and start inquiring about it from my friends. One day, during my daily routine of waking up and reading the newspaper while eating my brunch, I was reading about the “dream job” that the Australian tourism had advertised and when it was first advertised, I was interested in applying for it as I was the adventurous type and love the beaches and of course I was aiming for the gold too 🙂 and so anyway, I flipped the page over and instantly my heart skipped a beat! There I saw it in front of me the headlines about Airasia having a competition and rewarding 10 finalists who would be chosen to be groom to become P-I-L-O-T-S!! I was overjoyed and one cannot imagined how I was overwhelmed with joy seeing that but my joy was short-lived as the applicant would have to submit a blog post which I would regard myself as not being much of a blogger and my level of confidence just went down the drain…sigh.
I didn’t do anything at first because I felt that I wouldn’t stand a chance. On the other hand, I also heard news from my auntie who is working with Malaysian Airlines (MAS) that Aviation Law is something that I could venture in after I finish my degree. I gave it some thought and agreed that it was an interesting field to venture into and it sounded kinda rare as I have not heard much about lawyers in that field. I felt that was the closest thing I could come to in achieving my dream. In my thoughts there’s some consolation prize for me where I could be at least be near the stuff that I love to do and that I could be part of an Airline company (where planes are around).
I related my dreams of flying to one of my friends online which I came to know only recently too and there she was encouraging me and in a way pestering me to give it a shot and who knows I may hit the jackpot! So here I am writing to you guys and hoping to be one of the few chosen to realized this dream together as I would be need your patience and guidance along the way to groom me to be a P-I-L-O-T someday 🙂
Another show was that of “Flyboys”, where it was about the war between the Allied Forces against Germany, and the show was primarily focused on the fighter pilots which during that period, there was no high-tech jets. It was those olden type of planes with propellers with machines guns installed to gun down their enemies. Their lives were at great risk because it was way before the invention of parachutes! So even if you weren’t shot but your plane got most of the damage then it’s your choice of taking the pistol you have and point it at your temple or going down with your plane…aiks! It may sound gruesome to you now by my explanation but I find it a very noble occupation to be in, be it to fight for your country, peace or just doing your duty. It’s something to be proud of and I salute the pilots for their bravery and in turn I would love to imagine that happen to me (well not in terms of going to war..though I wouldn’t mind when duty calls) but in modern times as present, to be saluted for my flying ways. It’s a double bonus also since female pilots are rare, as it’s always seen as a male dominated field. I dare to be different!