For those of you in India, I’m sure you saw the news about the Air India flight that made an emergency landing at Jaipur airport on Sunday night. [link]
For those who missed the news, here’s what happened: 173 passengers aboard a plane that has been in service for 22 years, Air India’s oldest | originally flying to New Delhi | the captain had been flying for over 12 hours, almost at a stretch | zero visibility at Delhi airport led to diversion of the flight to Jaipur airport | zero visibility at Jaipur airport too, but low fuel made it impossible to divert again | the captain decided to land anyway, using the Instrument Landing System (ILS) | the hard landing significantly damaged the tyres and landing gear, causing the plane to careen off the runway | part of a wing then collided with something on the runway and got ripped off | the plane was damaged beyond repair.
The 173 passengers. Safe.
Apparently, the captain has been derostered, pending investigation. But if you had just saved the lives of 173 people, would you care a fork if you were derostered? I definitely wouldn’t.
That said, I think the captain and plane have a message there on how we should live our lives. Serve our purpose or objective to the fullest, and at any cost. And when you’re done with life, go out completely expended.
..if you’re gonna die, die with your boots on, If you’re gonna try, well stick around..
As we go through life, at any point, if we find that nobody or relatively fewer people are opposing or contradicting our views or opinions, it can only mean one of the following:
you’ve stated the obvious (Means you need to grow up)
you’re absolutely right (Again, and again? What are the odds?)
the topic is too trivial for anyone to bother opposing you (Grow up.!)
Don’t get thrilled. Those were only the easy possibilities. Here are a few more, that it could mean…
people feel it takes a little too much effort to convince you, because you unrealistically defend or are closed to reason
they fear your reaction, were they to contradict of differ from your opinion
Just like this real-looking pencil-drawing by Diego Koi
As you learn and grow, you need to consciously make yourself more approachable, and open to other viewpoints as well as critical feedback. No one can go through life having everyone nodding in agreement to their views all the time. Unless you’re sitting alone in a room. So if you have seemingly long stints without anyone opposing your view or having a different opinion, consider the reason too. Because the moment people don’t disagree or offer you different perspectives to your views, you have stopped growing.