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An AvGeek’s day off…

So I woke up this morning without my alarm at 7. It’s amazing how on work days when my alarm goes off at 6:30, I can be so unwilling to get out of bed and get going, but today I was ready to go without any prompting.

Since I started A&P school, I have had precious little free time and even less days where I truly have no obligations or anything to do. Today is one of those days.

I have been looking forward to this all week, no work, no school, no volunteering, no other obligations to attend to, this was going to be a glorious day of sitting around on the couch watching football and catching up on some much needed R&R.

So as planned, I plopped myself down on the couch. Since it was only 7 AM and there’s no football to watch yet, I decided Netflix was the next best option. I scrolled through Netflix until something caught my eye, and I turned it on.

Halfway through the movie I was uncomfortable, not due to my couch (truly the most comfortable couch ever. Not a hyperbole), not that the movie was bad (the opposite actually, it was better than I thought it would be), but I felt like I should be doing something, anything really.

Have I really been working so hard lately that I cant even sit down and turn off for an hour and a half?

It would seem so.

So… what to do? What would satisfy me?

Obviously aviation is the answer.

Luckily, here in the Miami Valley, there’s never a lack of aviation related things to do. Living in the epicenter of the National Aviation Heritage Area has its perks for a certified #AvGeek. So this shouldnt be an issue.

The next criteria is something with some good photo ops. I’ve been trying to be more active on Instagram lately, so I need to replenish my stockpile of unposted airplane photos. I’ve had some great opportunities in the last couple years to get some great aircraft photos, but there’s only so many times you can post a different angle of the same plane before people start unfollowing.

The last self imposed criteria is that it needs to be something new. As much as I love the National Museum of the Air Force or the Champaign Aviation Museum, I need to expand my horizons, so to speak.

There is one place that I think will satisfy all of these conditions, a place that is important in aviation history, it’s close(ish), and most importantly it’s one of the few aviation history sites around here that I have yet to visit.

I’m talking about the the WACO Museum at historic WACO Field in Troy, Ohio.

The WACO company was founded shortly after WWI and operated through 1947 building civilian aircraft designs, and during WW2, perhaps the most famous American assault glider used by allied airborne glider troops, the CG-4.

I am looking forward to my visit, and I hope that I can come away with some great photos and stories to share.

I said the other day on Twitter that jumping head first into aviation has been the best decision for me, and something that I should have done a long time ago. I am busier than ever trying to work to pay the bills while I follow my aviation dreams, despite being super busy, never having any free time, not being able to spend a lot of time with my friends, or indulge in any of the other activities that I enjoy. Despite all of this, I think I am overall, much happier than I was before I started this journey. This give me hope that if I follow my path, opportunities will present themselves where I will be able to pay my bills and chase my dreams doing the same things. This is one of the biggest lessons I have learned listening to lectures and keynotes about social media and marketing lately. Yes, I’ve learned a lot about the subject, but the biggest take away is do what makes you happy. Life is too short to not chase dreams.

Keep chasing and be open to those opportunities when they do come.

A heck of a lesson in self discovery I’ve had on a day when I was supposed to turn my brain off for a while.

Keep an eye out for the posts on Social about the WACO museum. You can follow me on Twitter @RichardRSnell and Richard Snell on FB and Instagram.

Until next time, keep chasing dreams my friends.

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