Pushing My Own Limits – Aerobatics In A Jet

I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without pushing my own limits, of that I am positive. It took a lot of work to become the woman I was meant to be, but that doesn’t mean that I can now rest on my laurels. I am a firm believer in evolving as a person, and that means I have to continue pushing forward.

They say (whoever they are), “Do something every day that scares you.” And that has been my mantra for many, many years. I like to break through my own comfort zones, annihilate any doubt I have in my own ability and live life to the absolute full.

So when the opportunity arose to not only experience aerobatics in a jet, but to actually take the controls and throw a few moves myself, I can’t say that I jumped with joy. I didn’t turn down the opportunity, let’s face it I’d be mad to walk away from such an experience, but to say I was hesitant would be an understatement.

Not that I am afraid of flying, I have had quite a few lessons now and have taken the controls of a jet a couple of times. It was the thought of doing so whilst spinning upside down that had me losing sleep. But my aim is to have an adventurous midlife and beyond, and this ticked all the boxes:

  • Something I would never have dreamed I would do
  • Something I would never have dreamed I could do
  • Something that pushes my own limits
  • Something that has me pondering my own willingness to try new things
  • Something that has other people saying, “You can’t do that!”

So how did it go? I had an absolute blast! It turns out that being catapulted upside down and pulling almost 5G is a whole heap of fun. The G Force also pushes on your face and gives it a bit of a lift, result!

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If you are lucky enough to be offered the chance to do something that scares but excites you, something that you can look back on and say, “I did it!” Then I would urge you to take the bull by the horns and just go for it.

Here’s a video of me doing just that:

Way too many of us reach our twilight years and regret the opportunities that passed up by. So let’s make a pact to be the elderly lady with a twinkle in her eye. The one who has a million stories to tell, the one who doesn’t spend her days looking back at her life with regret, the one who still dares to not sit in life’s dark corner – but who dances in life’s spotlight.

I’m up for the challenge, are you?



  1. September 21, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    You’re such an incredible inspiration, Michelle. I wish I was more like you…but I’ve always been the one who gets terrified of doing anything out of the ordinary. Even at school, I was always the scaredy cat! I told myself late last year when I turned 40 that all that was going change. I was going to change. I wanted to challenge myself in ways I’d never done before. I haven’t done so yet but I am about to – On the 1st October I’m starting a month long yoga teacher training residential course which I’m excited about. And then in December I’m coming to England on my own for a few weeks and hiring a car so I can visit friends and family before my husband joins me for Christmas. It doesn’t sound like much but the simple act of driving on the other side of the road alone is a huge step for me! I’m nervous but super excited about that too. I’ve always relied on my husband way too much and it needs to change!
    Suzy xx

  2. September 22, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Hey, I used to be the woman who wouldn’t even pick up the phone to place an order at the Chinese takeaway! I haven’t always been like this, I used to be incredibly shy and afraid of my own shadow. I too hit 40 and decided that something had to change – and that something was me. It’s taken a very long time to become this awesome – ha!
    I started small and kept pushing myself to try new things, it takes time but you WILL get there. Good luck with your course Suzy.
    Michelle xxxx

    • September 22, 2016 / 11:53 am

      Awww thanks so much, Michelle! It means a lot to hear you’ve been where I am and are now something of a wonder woman! You’re certainly an inspiration 🙂
      Suzy xx

  3. October 9, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Bravo, Michelle! What an inspiration you are. I wouldn’t do it, but I will certainly promise to challenge myself in other ways that don’t involve aerobatics! xx

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