The Captain’s PA:
Hello there and welcome aboard my flight!
My name is AP2. I’m a commercial airline pilot living in and out of Hong Kong with a particular love for family life, traveling the world, improving the self and writing poorly.
I frequently have my head stuck in the clouds.
To tell you about this blog, Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) is an aviation term that stands for, “The turbulent movement of air masses in the absence of any visual clues.”
As a pilot (Did I mention that?), I feel the term serves as a beautiful metaphor for life. Much like CAT, I believe all of us deal with problems the rest of us can’t see, yet the turbulence we feel is very real.
As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, I decided to put this blog together to help others learn how to navigate their fears and build the confidence needed to take better command of their lives.
I have abbreviated this mission statement with the following tagline: How to Command Life
For more information about how I plan to take you to your final destination then keep reading, otherwise I suggest you be seated with your seat belts securely fastened because shit’s about get bumpy!
If you want to fly, however, I’m afraid you’ll have to learn how to ride it out…
The Flight Plan:
My short-haul flight plan is to break the blog down by exploring the following 3 inter-related subjects:
- NAVIGATING FEAR
This section of the blog aims to navigate turbulence. It will seek to understand our emotional response system – where our fears stem from and what coping strategies/problem solving tools we can use to deal with it.
- COMMANDING LIFE
This section of the blog is aims to generate thrust. It will explore how to build better habits/routines in order to achieve our goals but also live a healthier, happier lifestyle. It will look at how to take greater responsibility for our lives with the aim of inspiring positive action.
- BUILDING A MORAL COMPASS
This section of the blog aims to increase lift. It is about building a moral compass to guide you when darkness envelopes. It is about building clearer personal values, love for your family, service for your community and gratitude for your life.
My long-haul vision is to:
- To build a comprehensive website that offers a wide range of well-researched advice and tools for coping with issues related to low self-esteem including depression and anxiety.
- To build a series of ebooks/online courses designed to provide a clear actionable framework for individuals to work with.
- To use proceeds earned to aid in the fight against the global mental health crisis.
- To build a community of like-minded individuals who are dedicated to lifting each other skyward.
I was born in the UK on April 24th 1987. I moved to Hong Kong at the age of 6. I went back to the UK for both my secondary and University education, before coming back to Hong Kong to train as a pilot for one of the world’s best airlines. I have been with that company for over 10 years now.
A particularly difficult period in my life during my adolescents led to long-term issues with depression and anxiety. After I got married and had children, I finally sought the professional help I’d needed. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
More recently I have become a published author. Blogging is a relatively new hobby. In my short time I have managed to write for a large audience on a number of other platforms including Pointless Overthinking where we have amassed a following of over 20,000 followers. On the horizon I have ambitions to get a further degree in psychology and/or philosophy with a longer term view to changing careers.
My unique selling position within the market is twofold. Having dealt with and overcome severe depression, I sincerely believe I have something to offer that might help others with their issues. Second, over 10 years in Aviation has taught a great deal about navigating fear and what it means to take command of life.
I’ve come to realise that being a captain is something you embody. It is a way of life. It is about being disciplined and working hard. It is about taking full responsibility for your life. It is about developing a growth mindset with the understanding that you can always improve. It is about facing your demons head on and believing in your ability to preserve in most trying of circumstances.
That’s what I believe it means to take command of your life.