“Do it afraid!”
Dream big and you’ll fall amongst the stars
Miracle Izuchukwu proudly defies the odds to take her place amongst
a minute percentage of female pilots and black female pilots across the world.
The inspiring 23 year old decided to say “YES I CAN” in a world which told her “No” a zillion times over.
Taking to LinkedIn on Wednesday March 24 to announce the amazing news, Philadelphia-based Miracle Izuchukwu wrote simply:
“Whoever it is praying for me, don’t stop, it’s working. I joined the elite group of 7% of female and 1% of black female pilots in the world. It’s an exhilarating, yet surreal feeling to introduce myself to the world as a Pilot.” Congratulatory messages have seen flooded her comment section, dubbing her an inspiration.
A walk down memory lane:
“You can have ambition, but not too much.” She recalls growing up in a society that didn’t lend its wholehearted support towards actualisation of big dreams. “I remember watching lots of TED Talks to give myself more insight on possible careers that might interest me …to no avail.”
It all changed in 2019 after her encounter with an airline pilot while working as a customer service rep, he opened her eyes to the possibility of becoming an airline pilot and that was it. Instant contagious excitement. A few weeks later, she embarked on a discovery flight and it was sealed, in her mind that is. She went on to inform her father about her considering becoming a professional pilot, but was in for a rude shock, he said bluntly – “if he gets on a plane and sees a woman as a pilot, he would get off the plane.”
Understandably shaken, pained and confused at his rebuff and lack of validation, she decided instead to brave up and fight till she achieve her goal. Today, it has become a reality and she is being celebrated.
“What if, in raising children we focused on ability instead of gender? If it’s truly something you want to do, you need to create it for yourself. In a world that wants you to whisper, I choose to yell.” Izuchukwu concludes .
Well done @pilot.mira