Cleared for take off!
Nathan Mackey was a wonderful interview and a great guy all around! I met him virtually when he sent me a message on my podcast Facebook page. He told me that he is a pilot and a newlywed. Oh, and he just happens to be a person with cerebral palsy.
Nathan said that there was a point in his life where he found it difficult to find his voice. As he started to become more confident in himself, though, he saw he could take charge of how he felt about his condition and what effect or how much control he’d let it have.
Once he made the decision to be in charge of the things he wanted in life, doors started to open! He was able to achieve the goal of getting his pilots license! I found out during the podcast interview (below) that he failed the test once. But he got back up, tried again and passed the test!
Another special goal he achieved was marrying his wife, Karen. Aren’t they just the cutest couple?
Nathan’s story is proof that not giving up is a choice that each of us have. He knew that if he gave in to the challenges he faced with cerebral palsy, he wouldn’t be happy. His happiness came from not giving up! Life is a bumpy ride, but it’s all in how you look at it, which sets you up to be cleared for take off!
Listen to Michelle’s podcast with pilot Nathan Mackey below:
Michelle Fischer is a regular contributor to Apostrophe
Michelle Fischer’s been submitting her podcast to ApostropheMagazine.com since September 2015. You can find her previous podcasts here. Also find more of Michelle’s work sponsored by The Arc Indiana here.
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