Meet Bethany Hernandez. She is 22 years old and is a helicopter pilot and a flight instructor. Only 5% of pilots in the world today are female and she is one of them.
The first photo she ever posted immediately jumped out at me. It showed her smiling inside a tiny toy helicopter at a children’s play area with a caption that read: “Give me a couple of years to make my dreams come true.”
What Bethany did took a lot of hard work, but she kept her chin up and charged up the hill until one day she finally realized how far she’d come. Aside from typical difficulties most of us face she also had to prove that she was better than the stereotypes. She says that the fact that she was a female did create more than a few uncomfortable situations in the past. Instead of discouraging her, it motivated her to be better than everybody thought she would be (or could become). It made her stronger and helped her pull through.
“I finally earned a bit of respect around here as all of my students these days are guys. It’s pretty cool to swing my hair around every now and then” she jokes when asked about being a flight instructor.
Now that she’s well past her 1,000 hours in the air milestone, the most rewarding thing for her is seeing the results of her hard work from up in the sky and all the people she’s met along the way.
Chase those dreams, Bethany! The sky is NO limit for you!