Check That Landing Gear
There are only two times during a flight that an airplane is ever on course. When it takes-off and when it lands. In between are change in altitude, changes in flight pattern and God forbid the occasional emergency landing. Regardless there are many variables in the flight such as visiblity, flying above the clouds and avoiding the storm. None the less two things are certain taking-off and landing. The leaving and arriving at the destination. Granted it may be a bumpy ride do to turbulance, or maybe the landing may not be the smoothest. But pilots have a saying, "Any landing that you can walk away from is a good landing."
Metaphorically speaking, life is very much the same way. Life does not always go as we planned, and if it did how many millionaire-astronaut-racecar driving-veterinarian-president-rockstar-super heroes, would there be? John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you are too busy making plans." Our "flight" plans our constantly changing; granted sometimes changes in direction have to happen suddenly or quickly, and at other times gradual or slowly. But the key is recognizing that sudden need to tweak that life plan before risking the life of the passeneger or cargo. By allowing the flexablity of our plans we can save ourselves from permature doom. Thankfully many of us have a great pilot and a powerful navagator to help us arrive to our destination safely. Granted it may not be pretty, but safely.
Besides once we land and touchdown; how much of the actual flight our you going to remember? Most of us will be happy just to be on the ground, and hopefully all our luggage won't be missing or lost.