Advice From a Pilot

A couple months ago I was on a flight back to Charleston and I sat by a pilot. I was exhausted from missing flights, bad weather and not much sleep. I was pretty tired of talking to strangers, but this kind gentleman sat down next to me, introduced himself, and started talking. I decided to force a smile and listen to what he had to say and I am glad I did. This man ended up being one of the neatest people I have ever met! He told me stories about him traveling all over the world, being in the air force, fighting in Iraq, and trading for jewels in the Amazon. This man was only 46 years old, but had already done so much with his life. He told me that if he was to die that day there was nothing he’d regret and nothing he wish he would’ve done instead. This man knew what it meant to live life to the fullest.

He gave me some life advice. A lot of life advice. Unfortunately I was about half awake and couldn’t fully focus on everything but I thought I would share what I do remember him saying.

One of his main points he made was about how precious time was. He said, “Time isn’t recyclable and can’t be redone. So you gotta live now. Don’t worry about when you’re gonna get married or have kids or any of that. It will all fall into place. Don’t spend your time now focusing on what’s going to happen in the future or else you’ll miss the moments you’re having now.”

I feel like this is honestly very simple, but yet so complex at the same time. It’s hard to not get wrapped up worrying about what the future holds, but if we do that it definitely takes away from the importance of the current moment. It’s easy to look at other peoples’ lives and wonder when we’ll get to the chapter of life that they’re currently in. But why worry about when we’ll get to the next chapter? Why not just enjoy our chapter we’re in?

Time is so so precious and we have to use it wisely. We need to spend time with those we love, go to the places we’ve always wanted to go, and do the things we’ve always dreamed of doing. As the pilot told me “when I look back on life I don’t regret one thing I did, but I know people who regret things they didn’t do.”

So use your time wisely because it’ll be gone before you know it. And enjoy the place in your life you’re currently in for one day you’ll look back and wish you hadn’t spent all that time worrying about what was in store for you.


Below are some verses that help me set aside worrying about the future and just living in today’s moment:

Matthew 6:27 ~ “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”

Proverbs 3:5-6 ~ “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

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