30 April 2011

6 done.

there are two things my parents have strictly forbidden me to do: ride a motorcycle and get a tattoo. i'm 95% certain i'm going to one day defy them on the latter, but riding a motorcycle? scarred as i was by sweet valley high #7: dear sister, that is the one thing i would never do.

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. 




6 comments:

The Whiffer said...

I've now read it three times. thank you

The Whiffer said...

p.s. and boy, do you know how to get through a list!

oline said...

yay. you're welcome.

and seriously, i cannot stress enough how totally terrifying this was!!! scary as hell. my appreciation of the tragedy that was jfk jr now knows no bounds.

Osutein said...

Awesome! I want to hear more at NLB. Also, I kind of want to fly a plane now.

Also, "one day you will land you in a ditch, incontinent and riddled with mouth cancer" is what has been printed on every single fortune cookie slip I've ever gotten.

oline said...

i imagine it'll make it into the "did you know?" of your norton entry...

"fat caroline eaton, not fat, died in a ditch, incontinent and riddled with mouth cancer because she tried too ardently to seize the day."

Osutein said...

Best Norton entry of all time.