THIS IS TAMMY JO SHULTS
By now, you most probably recognise her face and this rather iconic photograph.
Tammy has been all over the news in the last few weeks, after she safely landed her Southwest Airlines flight, which had, in a rare and freak occurrence, lost an engine in the sky.
The pressure in the plane dropped, when debris from the exploded engine smashed a window and took the life of Jennifer Riordan, who was sucked out – much to the absolute horror of everyone onboard. Fellow passengers managed to pull her back in but it was too late, the mother of two had sustained fatal injuries.
We can only imagine the fear and panic that ensued – but calm as a cucumber, Tammy, a former Navy Pilot, used hand signals to communicate above the noise and brought everyone else safely down.
The audio footage of her communication with ground crew is rather unbelievable; she was just so calm and composed in the face of sheer chaos. She has been hailed as a hero and commended for her bravery and calm.
A jaw-dropping story indeed; the tragic loss of one amazing woman and the heroic behaviour of another.
What strikes me about all of this, is that Tammy Jo was not even supposed to be flying that day. She traded her shift with her husband so that, in true Mom-style, she could make it to her son’s track meet.
Talk about sliding doors.
Would he have landed the plane just as safely? Probably. Possibly. Who knows?
It makes me realise even more, that every single day in which we get up and out of bed, we are completely trusting ourselves over to fate, to a higher power, a bigger plan; to God or whatever it is that you believe in.
Really, we are in control of nothing, whether you realise that or not.
None of us know what lies ahead.
Experts say that had the plane been travelling even half a mile slower, the debris would have missed Jennifer’s window and she would be alive today.
So what is my point?
We are on the cusp of the weekend, the time in which most of us let loose a little. So, I am asking you to let loose.
Realise, that you can plan and worry and account for all eventualities but that actually, it will not really matter in the long run.
Your story is going to be your story.
There is a much bigger plan going on here and you are part of it. We are all part of it.
Let go of the worry, the fear, the need to control.
Go with the flow and do what you can to tick every box – but if you can’t, don’t sweat it.
It is not important.
You are here to live, to love and to matter.
So, go live, love and matter, to the people who matter to you.
Everything else is taken care of already.
Ladies, Pass It On