Realigning your flight path

Something different today. A little story…

So I was on assignment filming for an AID organisation. We had to take a tiny tiny plane from one island to the next – one of those planes that seats a maximum of five people.

I sat in the front with the pilot. In front of me were a set of controls just like the pilots ones… guess you can have two pilots. But today there was only one – and me.

Behind me sat two women who work with the aid organisation. They do this flight all the time. Behind them was another woman who was very nervous about flying. We all were getting settled and the pilot double-checked our buckles. Making mine extra tight… 😉

The pilot sat down next to me in his seat and started flicking some switches. He looked up and noticed ahead on the tiny airstrip a car driving around. He seemed annoyed and got out of the plane, muttering.

I was excited about the impending flight. The girls in the back chatted with the lady in the very back, about how nervous she was. She said she regularly flew in small planes, but they are too light for her liking and get tossed around in the slightest breeze.

The airstrip was small and only one other plane was on it – far up ahead. It was a remote island and there was no controller or buildings of any kind, anywhere. The runway was sealed and there was a square parking area nearby. Surrounding the entire area was a HUGE drainage ditch. I guessed this was to encourage water to run off the airstrip.

So there we were, sitting and chatting, waiting for our pilot to reappear.

All of a sudden the airplane began rolling backwards. I started to freak out a little as I felt it moving – slowly at first, then gaining some speed. I turned around to the girls in the back, hoping to see a reassuring ‘this is quite normal’ look. Instead, looking alarmed, they demanded ‘PUSH SOMETHING!!’

I looked back at the banks of buttons in front of me… gizmos and gadgets everywhere… I couldn’t figure out what anything was… Where’s the handbrake?! I had no idea what to do… I started to panic. The ladies stuck behind me in the back repeated “DDDOOOOO SOMETHING! The drainage ditch was right behind us and I was pretty sure we could fall right in.

I unbuckled my belt and unlocked the latch to my door… I pushed it open. I leaned out of the door and at the top of my lungs started yelling for dear life…

“Help! help!!!!!!!!!!! WE ARE MOVINGG!!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!!! Please somebody!!!!”

I am panicked – the ditch was getting dangerously close… I screamed hard.

Just then, the pilot stepped into view from the front of the plane. He smiled, saying calmly… ‘Hailey, it’s me. I am pushing the plane…”

He laughed so hard. The ladies in the back seats laughed too… ‘You were so scared!’ they said! 😉

“Where did you think the plane would go without a pilot?! bahahha” he laughed as he came around, buckling me back in and locking the door.

“Please don’t yank it open again” he added.

I was thinking about this story this week – thinking about how I often feel like life isn’t taking me in the direction I was hoping or expecting. Sometimes I’m sure I’m going backwards. Why doesn’t everything fall into line in just the way I want it to? At the time I want it to?

At times like this it’s helpful to imagine the Universe, pokes his/her head around the front of our life’s plane and calmly says, “Hailey, don’t worry, it’s just me getting you into a better position to take off”.

Wishing you clear skies and excellent visibility this week, Hailey x


  • Mel Riddell

    Hahaaa I love this! x

  • Lisa Jay

    Such a great story. I laughed so much (can picture myself doing just what you did). Love the meaning in it though. x

  • Jill Smith

    OMG I thought I was going to pee my pants with that story!!! I grew up in a military family, so we were always on strange, non-commercial planes, and I always imagined something like this happening. I’ve never been scared to fly, but THIS would have freaked me out!! Great story! :)

  • Lisaann

    Oh, Hailey! This and your wonderful stories were like the universe telling me to laugh and enjoy today. Thank you so much for that! I loved your van story and the video, who is the dyed red haired child? What a hoot!! I love your page, your family and the stories!! You and your family are so talented and lovely and thanks for sharing!

  • Karen from Chookooloonks

    I love this story so hard, and have been thinking about it every day since you shared it with us. :) – K.

  • Lib

    Gorgeous story, I love that idea :)

  • Hailey

    😉 LOVE YOU! I am so glad you enjoyed it and so sorry your plane didn’t quite go where you thought but hoping you find a reason/way back soon!

  • Hailey

    😉 yes some days just got to laugh and head where your meant to go.. no necessarily where you want to go! 😉

  • Hailey

    glad I am not alone in the crazy fight for life yelling fit! haha!

  • Hailey

    thanks Lib!

  • Julie

    Hailey, that’s the funniest story I’ve heard in a long time! Thanks for sharing! I’m still laughing so hard and I love the metaphor for life you compared it to!

  • alyda

    you are one of the most awesome people I’ve ever met! love this story!!

  • Lyn

    I completely understand your blind panic. I was once sitting in my van (catholic mother’s 8 seater) when the 3 year old son of a fellow at the panel shop where I was parked hopped in a forklift and turned it on. It drove toward us, forks extended, and I didn’t have time to hop out, or save my children who were in the back. Luckily someone saved us, when we were only on a nasty tilt, but NOTHING prepares you for those moments. Good quick thinking Hailey, you did something :)

  • Hailey

    ohmygoodnesss that is terrifying!!! Glad all ok!

  • Hailey

    hahaha! awesome over-reactor! The pilot laughed all the way to the next stop and told me he was going to tell everyone how OTT I was! haah

  • Rebecca

    Love this. :)

  • Tanja

    This is fantastic. :) L

  • Jasmine Star

    This story is SO perfect. Loved it!

  • kelly wachs

    Loved this!! Priceless.

  • Lisa

    Hilarious! I could FEEL your panic and then busted out laughing.

  • Hailey

    oh so glad you enjoyed it! 😉 I was so red faced at the time and laughed so hard I cryed!

  • Hailey

    thanks so much! 😉

  • Jenny

    This was somewhat strange to read at this moment. Life has been pretty strange and sad and really hard lately. Really hard. Today I finally said to myself “fuck all of this universe shit. I’m going it on my own”. To get home and be randomly looking around Facebook, come across a link to this blog, and read this….is the universe messing with my head or just reminding me to have a little faith in it? Either way, great story.

  • Hailey

    It’s true sometimes it kinda feels like things are out of control. Things go better when I stop being afraid and see what is right in front of me. Not sure this helps but sending a hug all the same.

  • rowe

    oh hailey… so so funny! i was laughing so loud reading this cause i can totally hear you and see your panicked expressions! wish i was there! r x

  • jodie

    Oh dear god, My husband and I wet ourselves…knowing full well I would have handled the situation the very same way. Beautifully written, we could imagine ourselves sitting on that plane with you! ha ha, too funny. Love the analogy too.

  • Kristina McCaleb

    Oh my! I would have fainted! That is so true though… Life is a funny, exciting and sometimes scary ride. :)

  • Kymberly

    As if you were speaking to my soul!!!

  • Jean

    Great post, Hailey! I’ve been realigned a few times already, each time for the better! :-) The world is yours when you let go of the control. :-)

  • Paola De Paola

    …..hahaaa…YES…and this is life!….you really made my day! Thank you! a great post

  • Liz

    LOVE this!!!!!!!!

  • Karen from Chookooloonks

    Goodness, Hailey, you do get hysterical sometimes, don’t you? Andrew, you’re amazing … ;). (Missing you incredibly, friends. Already plotting a return-trip!) K.

  • maile

    I so love this story. xo