today, i flew a plane. the picture below- taken when, due to turbulence, we were at 90 degree tilt over lake michigan and, for the first time in my life, death seemed a legitimate concern- pretty accurately captures my attitude towards flying planes.
i wouldn't give up the experience for anything in the world. and it was, hands down, the scariest thing i've ever done.
even so, say YES, people. yes, yes, yes. YES. always. while this is a policy that will likely one day land me in a ditch, incontinent and riddled with mouth cancer, i think it's worth the risk. because the story you might be missing is filled with extravagantly, ridiculously, frightfully overwhelming tiny adventures to which you would not otherwise have been privy.
this was scariest thing i've ever done, but i can't fathom how much scarier it would've been had i not, fifteen minutes before, gone flying down 63rd on the back of the instructor's motorcycle.