"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward."-Amelia Earhart
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" 'It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and not at all
interesting.' " (Burke, John). If you actually think about it, it is
just plain irony. One historical figure known to be the first woman pilot to
fly around the world was the same one who said, when she was young, that it was
not in a slight interest to her. That woman was Amelia Earhart, born in a small
town, Atchison, Kansas in July 24, 1897. When Earhart was young, in 1908, she
was not interested in flight, "It was a thing of rusty wire and wood and not at
all interesting." (Burke, John). In 1918, she became a Voluntary Aid Detachment
Nurse, though it was an interesting job, it did seem like the perfect
occupation for her. When she took her first ride in a plane, in 1920, and left
off the ground, she remarked, "I knew I myself had to fly" (Sherman, Stephen).
And so she pursued her dream of flight and became a pilot. She performed great
courage to do such a far-fetched goal and had passion towards what she liked to
do, showing others that they could follow her footsteps onto a pathway full of
possibilities and nothing could hold them back.
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achievement of flying across the Atlantic takes courage. She demonstrated
courage throughout her life either in being the first woman to fly around the
world, and even having such an occupation that men mostly occupied. For a woman
to be an aviator was rare and a sight to see, but some were biased towards it.
Some didn't think that women could do the same jobs as men could, but
thought women should stay home and take care of the family. But Amelia Earhart was never
that kind of person, but a dreamer who achieved her goal of flight across the
Atlantic. "Amelia remains a symbol of the power and
perseverance of American women, and the adventurous spirit so essential to the
American persona" (Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum). She inspired other people
that others must achieve their goal in their best effort. Their dream,
impossible or not, must be tried, if failed, be open towards for another dream
to form. Earhart's acts of courage had inspired others, not only as a woman
hero, but also as a brave and adventurous soul.
|Amelia Earhart with googles and leather hat. (http://www.biography.com/people/amelia-earhart-9283280/photos (1996?2012 A+E Television Networks, LLC.))|
such a passion towards flying because such a woman living in the discrimination
towards women, and thought that they were not able to have the same jobs as
men. Though living in a tough time where males were dominant in the occupation
world, she kept her dream of being a pilot and was the first woman to travel
across the Atlantic. "She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic by airplane
(1928) and the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic (1932)"
(Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition). For a woman to do
such an endeavor was an impressive action, and an achievement to reach her goal
for Earhart. She kept pursuing her dream, even whenever she was short on money,
"Learning to fly in California, she took up aviation
as a hobby, taking odd jobs to pay for her flying lessons" (Amelia Earhart
Birthplace Museum). Instead of giving up on her goal, to become an aviator, she
kept her dream and took any job to pay for her lessons. So she didn't quit just
because of money was tight. Allowing no obstacle stand in front of her towards
reaching her goals, she kept pursuing and never lost track. Being so passionate
towards what she appreciated, being a pilot. And letting nothing stop her to
achieve her dream, which was to fly around the world.
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want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have
tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others" (George
Palmer Puttman). As Amelia Earhart once wrote to her husband, George, before
her sudden disappearance, she wanted to show him that it was her decision to be
a pilot. Her goal to achieve what was thought to be impossible and her dream
that people must follow their instincts. She inspired others around the nation
to follow their dreams, seeming impossible or not, and try all their might to
achieve their goal. Follow what you think is right and don't let anyone hold
you back. Be open around your surroundings because you never know what may
interest you. Show your dedication towards your interest and have a goal, teach
others that they could do the same if they place their best effort into
whatever they do. Who would have known, that such a naive child, would come
back as one of the most historical women in the nation. Upon reaching a goal,
keep in mind the sky is the limit, demonstrated by Amelia Earhart. An
inspirational aviator who achieved being the first woman to fly around the
world solo, which Earhart was. Though there is much more to Amelia Earhart
than just knowing that she is the first woman to fly around the Atlantic, but
also she is an inspiration to many, and also a hero because she is also a symbol of
the power and perseverance of American Women.
Burke, John. Winged Legend: The Life of Amelia Earhart. New York: Berkley Publishing, 1970.
Birthplace Museum, Amelia Earhart. "Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum." [Online] Available http://www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/index.html.
Sherman, Stephen. "Aviatrix Lost Over The Pacific." [Online] Available http://acepilots.com/earhart.html. 2008.
Puttman, George Palmer. Last Flight. Crown Publishers, 1988.
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