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Amelia Earhart

by Elisa from San Diego

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"After midnight, the moon set, and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the aesthetic appeal of flying" ("The Official Website of Amelia Earhart"). A great woman once described her passion for flying and how she turned that passion into being an aviator. Her name was Amelia Earhart. Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. During the early years of her life, she grew up  in Atchison with her sister and grandparents. Earhart then moved with her parents to several cities around age 13. In 1918, she visited her sister, during World War 1. In the course of the time, Earhart volunteered to be a nurse and help the wounded soldiers. In addition to aiding soldiers, she explored local airfields. Once Earhart saw the airfields, she was beginning to shape her journey of being an aviator. Earhart's determination of being an aviator, throughout the years, had inspired other people to try new things and take a chance in life. She was an icon who paved the way for women and men all around the world.  Earhart exemplified being a true heroic figure because she has proven women can endure hardships, she made a courageous decision to fly solo, and illustrated that anyone has the capability to achieve their dream.

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Women have struggled along the years, and have had the capability to endure hardships. Throughout history, there have been several women who have accomplished amazing things, during devastating times. Even though Earhart was faced with obstacles, she demonstrated being tough. She believed you can do anything, no matter how hard it may seem. "Please know that I am quite aware of the hazards.  I 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"("Amelia Earhart."- Civil Air Patrol). Earhart knew the hazards that were yet come, and nothing could stop her from achieving her goal.  If she were to fail, she would use that failure and learn from her mistakes. Earhart proved she was capable of anything and sacrificed her career, in the process. Since planes were not the safest way to travel, Earhart faced many threats. For example, the plane could break down, harsh weather conditions could occur, and there could be a scarce source of food. Earhart was brave enough to go up into air for a long period of time and be calm. "Radio equipment was simple, limited in range and capability, and often unreliable... flying under such conditions posed many hazards, as well as long, lonely hours in the cockpit"(Brick). Most aviators didn't have the right equipment for each flight. The biggest threat faced was Earhart not making it to her final destination. Even though it was treacherous, she was a risk taker.There is no doubt that Earhart will come across obstacles, but she is able to endure these hardships. Women can do just as much as men can do.  Women are able to overcome any struggle that comes their way. At first, Earhart had been very skeptical about flying. She didn't see any value in being an aviator, but later in life made a decision to fly solo. Once Earhart was exposed to flying, she knew that she could do this as a living. Her first journey of being up in the clouds was remarkable. "'As soon as we left the ground, I knew I had to fly.' She began taking lessons at Bert Kinner's airfield on Long Beach Boulevard from Neta Snook on January 3, 1921. Snook gave her lessons...by summer, she had a bright yellow Kinner Airstar that she called The Canary"("Amelia Earhart". History Net ). Once Earhart had flown into the sky, a spark ignited in her heart that led her to believe she was going to be an aviator. The only thing that would make her truly happy, was being in the air with the wind in her face and the beautiful scenery. When Earhart grew up,  she realized that no one had ever flown around the world. She believed she would be the first. It didn't matter who she was, she wanted to accomplish another achievement. "As most everyone knows Amelia is known for her dedication to flying and her final flight. The last flight she ever took was attempting to fly around the world. She knew that no one had ever successfully done it, but she just figured she'd be the first."(" The Official Website of Amelia Earhart"). No one had ever tried it, but there is always a first for everything. Earhart worked best when she took risk. Earhart got farther in her journey and got a call asking if she wanted to fly over the Atlantic Ocean. Earhart decided to fly for several reason. It was liberating and she loved the whole feeling of getting up into air. She had pursued her dream and made it reality. Nothing could have changed Amelia's decision to fly.

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Earhart flew with a purpose and illustrated that anyone has the capability to achieve their dream. Earhart had build up her confidence and made a change during her lifetime. "She knew what she wanted and she would not let anything - especially things like alcohol and drugs - to get in her way.  Instead, she kept her focus on her determination to achieve goals that were both significant and demanding, not just for a woman, but for anyone"("Amelia Earhart." - Civil Air Patrol). Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't do in life. Everyone is capable of doing anything they set their mind to. Earhart was a successful woman. Earhart persevered and found a way to resolve her problems. "It has always seemed to me," she wrote "that boys and girls are educated very differently ... too often little attention is paid to individual talent. Instead, education goes on dividing people according to their sex, and putting them in little feminine or masculine pigeonholes."(Brick). Boys and girls were treated differently, but she recognized she doesn't have to be a boy to accomplish certain things. Earhart had found her purpose in the world and exclaimed anyone can reach their goal.Earhart had a primary goal, which was equality for everyone all over the world. Women and men have the same capability. She showed no one can stop you from achieving your goal. Amelia Earhart exemplifies being a true heroic figure due to the fact of showing women can endure hardships, making a courageous decisions to fly alone, and illustrated that anyone can achieve their goal. Earhart was an inspiration to me not only because of her accomplishments, but how she was able to show people she had what it took to be a hero. Earhart is so much more than a hero. She was an amazing contributor to her community. She had made a journey through her life. Life isn't a destination, it's a journey. Earhart showed me when you take chances, incredible things happen. They can change your whole life. "Earhart's disappearance remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century, and it often overshadows her true legacies as a courageous and dedicated aviator and as an enduring inspiration to women"(Cochrane and. Ramirez). When Amelia had gone missing, everyone was talking about her and wondering where she was. Unfortunately, she passed on July 2, 1937, but she is remembered for her bravery and creativity. Earhart is a very iconic figure and portrayed so many other qualities that made her stand out in the world. Overall, I picked Amelia Earhart as my hero because she had exemplified amazing qualities and made me believe I can do so much more in my life only if I take a chance.  Last but not least, Earhart was an great hero because she followed her passion and made it become reality.

Works Cited

"Amelia Earhart." - Civil Air Patrol. Civil Air Pat Brick, Katherine A. "EARHART, Amelia Mary."

"Amelia Earhart." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2016. Web. 03 Feb. 2016.

Brick, Katherine A. "EARHART, Amelia Mary." Notable American Women, A Biographical Dictionary: 1607-1950 (Vol.1-3)(1971): 538. Biography Reference Center. Web. 3 Feb. 2016

"Collections." Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Home Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. .

"The Official Website of Amelia Earhart." The Official Website of Amelia Earhart. Family of Amelia Earhart, n.d. Web. 03 Feb. 2016

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