Thursday, May 16, 2019

"You'll be safe with me"

For the first time since my helicopter accident in 2003, I was feeling nervous as I put my helmet on and got ready to get in.  Two recent fatal accidents doing the same mission we were about to do had me feeling a little rattled.  The flight profile was just above the treetops, without room to recover if something went wrong.  Still, feeling like this was unlike me, and I pondered it while the pilot approached.

I've known him since 2006, and he is one of the calmest, nicest, and competent people I know.  Everyone likes him.  Instead of staying quiet like I normally would, I admitted that I was feeling kind of nervous following the most recent accident.

The pilot looked at me.  "You'll be safe with me," he said matter-of-factly.

In the three days since that day, I've been thinking about the people who make me feel safe.  There's a couple of them I would follow blindly into any fire, knowing I would always come out unscathed, no matter what happened.  There's a few people who I would trust to drive me through a blizzard or tornado, and just one or two I whom I could tell anything without judgement.  People like these are like islands in an ocean of those who hurt us, leave us, or are just indifferent.  People like these are a blessing.  Are you one of them?

"You'll be safe with me," he said.

And I was.




4 comments:

  1. This is really thought-provoking, and scary (your mention of two fatal accidents doing the same mission). Safe...let's see...the universe is fairly small...members of my family, some neighbors, a very few close friends. Your assessment of the pilot is good...and that you, remembering the earlier crash, felt empowered to speak up.

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    1. I know I can always speak up. Luckily the culture has changed. But it made me think about the people who make us feel safe just by being there.

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  2. Very interesting!!! There are very few people I feel complete safe with....I try to be that kind of person though that makes everyone else feel safe!

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