“As school was coming to an end I thought - hold on, if I'm going to do something crazy this is the perfect time to do it. I have nothing planned - zero responsibilities. I could do whatever I wanted to do.”
Zara Rutherford, round the world pilot
I was preparing to write this commentary on the dangers faced by the unvaccinated as the virus moves into being just a part of normal life, when I caught sight of a remarkable story about 19-year old Zara Rutherford in Saturday's Times. On Tuesday 18th January she completes an astonishing gap-year flight around the world in a single-engine microlight aircraft.
The more you get into the story, the more remarkable it is - she doesn't yet have the qualifications to fly by night, and her aircraft is unable to fly through cloud due to the risk of ice building up on its wings. She landed at the Space X headquarters in California to drop off her CV, mixed with the jumbo jets flying into and out of New York’s JFK airport, and lunched with the Bransons on Necker Island, Her website sets out the details of her journey, and includes full video interviews from Nome, Alaska and Riyadh.
While the rest of us are despairing of politicians, high-profile court cases, and trying to make ends meet as we emerge from the ravages of Covid-19, Zara Rutherford invites us to lift our eyes above the horizon and look for the opportunities that life presents. So please READ ON .. as this week we salute the courage of young people determined to achieve their potential to do extraordinary things.
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