After 24 years working as a pediatrician, I am going to become a commercial airline pilot.
There is currently a massive pilot shortage in the United States. It's estimated that we need more than 15,000 pilots over the next five years.
During the pandemic, virtually all flights were grounded due to travel restrictions. Many seasoned pilots were forced into early retirement. No flight school remained open during the shutdown.
Now, with lifting of travel bans and fueled by strong consumer demand, many flights are grounded because there is no one to fly them.
I played a small role in getting the world weather the pandemic, and now the world could use one less doctor but one more pilot.
I will be the third-generation pilot in my family. My grandfather flew for the first Chinese air force. He was naval bomber. Both of my uncles flew fighter jets.
I am fulfilling my destiny as I take to the air.