Just imagine if we were raised to believe we could accomplish anything we put our mind to. If we grew up with the freedom and confidence to explore the world around us, to follow our passions, to express ourselves in ways that support our current and future dreams.
Zara Rutherford at the tender age of 19, has learned a life lesson many of us may have never learned, or may have forgotten along the way; To keep our dreams alive, we must take a chance, on ourselves and others. We must have faith in our abilities to accomplish the goals necessary to make our dreams, our reality.
Zara could have easily kept her dreams of flying solo around the world to herself, buried away secretly wishing and hoping her dream would one day come true. Luckily for her and for us, she found the courage to speak her dreams aloud and took a chance that her parents would understand and support her. And they did! But the bigger chance was the one she had to take on herself.
She spent hours in the air learning to fly, passing numerous aviation exams and flight tests to receive her pilot’s license. This leaning, this knowledge combined with her confidence in her abilities, became her foundation of trust. She knew the risks; countless things could have gone wrong. She could have crashed her plane, or even died and yet, she was still willing to place her faith in all the hard work and preparation required in achieving her dream. How many of us are willing to risk everything to make our dreams come true?
Zara’s accomplishment is truly amazing, but what I find equally as impressive is her desire to dedicate her dreams, the one she just accomplished, and the one she aims to reach in the future, becoming an astronaut, to other girls and young women who aspire to work in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and math. In the true spirit of The Aquitaine Project, she is inspiring others to follow their dreams and reach the unreachable star.
Zara is the young Bright Lighter who inspires me to keep my dreams alive by sharing them, working hard to accomplish them, and keeping the faith!