Maybe twelve years ago or so, I was offered an opportunity to take a ride on the Good Year Blimp.
Now let me set this up for you. At the time I was working in Aviation, and yet, I was scared to death to fly. I think that’s called an oxymoron. And I mean to fly in anything, a plane, helicopter, and needless to say, a freakin blimp!
But my offer was timed, I had literally 30 seconds to say yes or no, or my offer expired. I was fortunate enough to have my friend being the one offering me the opportunity and she basically said, “You’re going!” and the car will be there in five minutes to pick you up.
I remember my whole body starting to shake and thinking, “what the hell did I just get myself into?” …and before I knew it, the car was there to pick me up to whisk me away to the “blimp”, which now in my mind, had grown even bigger.
We were there in a flash, and if you have never seen a blimp in real life, let me tell you, they are HUGE! As I got out of the car, I was mesmerized by the sheer size of the blimp, and more importantly, how the hell do you get in it?
Side note, which I was to learn on my ride. When the blimp is in town, so to speak, people schedule appointments to get a ride, meaning, they “dress” for the occasion. Because you don’t just “walk” onto a blimp, it’s a “thing” which I will later explain. Anyway, that particular day, I had on a long black sundress with 4″ heels, not quite the appropriate attire for riding in a blimp! I so wish I had a picture of me that day, but since I don’t, this comes close!
Totally inappropriate outfit for flying on a blimp! So yes, you could say I stood out from the crowd 😉
So there I am, in line, waiting my turn to get in the blimp, anxiety beating through my whole body, I kept telling myself I cannot believe I am doing this…I can still say no if I want to, but I don’t want to..I am petrified yet excited beyond belief, I’m doing this, for real!
And now it’s my turn. The guy holding the rope (yes, that’s how they keep it on the ground), looks at me, sizes me up as if to say, “didn’t you know you were going on the blimp today and you are totally not dressed the proper way!”
And I know what he’s thinking, so I explain to him that I literally just got this offer 15 minutes ago and that’s why I am not dressed properly for the occasion.
He shrugged his shoulders and says, “ok, when I say go, you run to the blimp and get on…because THAT is how you get on a blimp! You run and jump on! And on I went, my long black dress, 4″ heels and all!
So how was the ride you might ask?
My answer: Unbelievable! Fantastic! Magnificent! Like floating on air!
It was truly one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. I was absolutely mesmerized. And, it really was like floating on air..
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
Did I ever think in a million years when I walked into work that morning that I would be receiving a phone call asking me if I wanted to take a ride on a blimp? Never in a million years. And yet it did. So what makes you think something amazing and far-reaching can’t happen to you today?
As I often advise my clients:
Keep your eyes, mind, body and soul open to every new experience, for you never know which will change your life.
That trip on the blimp, changed mine.
It showed me that:
You never know what can happen in a day!
That I can overcome my fears and do things I never thought I could do.
To soar to new heights! Literally!
Till next time,
NineFrogs ~ Where Style meets Attitude and = Success