Several years ago, like many of you, I was in eighth grade. I was about to make the transfer into my high school years and decide for sure what I wanted to do with my life. Of course, my plans may have changed two or three times due to circumstances and options, but the idea was to start attempting now.
I moved to a new city. Spent my last year in a new school. The house I now lived in was an old wooden structure that resembled a house attached to a barn in many ways. My sister and I lived in the barn part while my parents and the rest of the house were in the house part. From my lofty room window, I could see the lake by the house and the expansive open field beyond it. Way off, far across the grass and trees, I could see something every night that made me very curious.
It was a light. A blinking light, to be precise. It hung over the field and flashed brightly. For a year I told people about the light: where it was, how high it was, the color – and for a year no one seemed to be able to tell me what it was. When I was entering my sophomore year in high school, my mother finally heard me and informed me that it was a tower, transmitting a signal and blinking a light so that planes would not fly too low.
Needless to say, she sort of crushed my curiosity.
Until that point, and even after it actually, I would tell my friends that the light was blinking to call to me. It was telling me to come find it. There was a potential adventure where it was. But as I had no way to get to the light without great effort, I never tried to go figure out where or what it was.
With the idea that this light was a radio tower for planes, the thought of an adventure by it faded, but there was a bigger lesson to be had from it. Don’t fly too low. Don’t set your dreams low. Don’t dream low. Keep everything high.
Maybe that blinking light wasn’t a sign for me, but the thought I will now take away from it is definitely a message I will share with others. Stay positive. Believe in adventure. Dream and Do Big.
To quote the Hallmark movie/miniseries Dinotopia:
Breathe Deep. Fly High.