Happy father’s day to the greatest dad in the world who’s supported me from the beginning. From the time I was a little guy, I was fortunate to be surrounded by supporting parents who always encouraged me to do what I love. I’m happy to say that because of him, I’m comfortable with who I am and what I want to be.

Just a few short months ago, I was emailing him about how I’d decided I really wanted to be a pilot. From the time I was a little kid, flying and airplanes had been a passion for me. That passion died out for a few years up until about last November (2012). Since then, I’ve accomplished so much with his help including  my first solo flight (before I could drive!), my first cross country, and later this week, my first solo cross-country.

My First Solo Flight

Here is an excerpt from my first email to my dad:

“Hey I just wanted to let you know something I have had on my mind for a really long time…

This sounds silly I’m sure, but I have recently been really interested in becoming a pilot (I know, sounds dumb). But I have know for my whole life that I have a passion for travel, but really flying in particular…
****** once told me the best way to come up with a job or career for yourself is to find 3 things you’re really passionate about and try to find a median between them. I took that to heart and couldn’t agree more. Its something that gets me emotional (in a good way of course… which is kinda strange but could be a good thing). I have a real passion for travel and flying, I know in my heart I have that and always will. There are downsides to every career, and there sure are a lot with being a pilot, but I cant think of any of them stopping me. I look up in the sky everyday now at school and then and see planes flying around, it makes me so jealous haha and I keep saying “god, I have got to do THAT, I know thats what I want to do.”
Its something that I know I would regret for the rest of my life if I don’t at least give it a shot.
I know I am only 15, and it seems trivial to be talking about a career and stuff like that, but this is something I feel strongly about. There are a few other things I would like to talk about you in relation to this, but I think this is enough to throw out there for now…”


Can’t wait for you to be in the plane with me soon, dad! I’ll always remember what you’ve taught me about following my passion. Hope your father’s day has been going well.

Love you dad,


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One Response

  1. Karlene Petitt

    Oh… such a beautiful gift for your father. I know he is so proud of you. And he gave you great advice. Happy Father’s Day Swayne’s Dad!


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