On Twitter, I follow the most amazing young man. I’m sure many others exist but this
little guy is something else.
His Twitter handle is @Jacob_The_Pilot. If you’re up for some inspiration, I recommend you take a look through his feed, to see his journey from first sitting in his flying suit as a 1-year-old to being saluted by the Red Arrows, and raising so much money for the RAFBF/@RAFBF, and a local hospice, through arduous expeditions and climbs. Hard for anyone (boot-campers included), let alone someone his age.
Like so many others, Jacob has also faced personal adversity. He has dealt with it more admirably than most adults I know, me included.
Today I quote-tweeted one of his tweets. I was attempting, simultaneously, to be humourous and show my admiration.
The flippant part was me asking for any bookies to quote me odds on Jacob attaining the rank of RAF Air Chief Marshall. Although, I will consider any (though not legal in my State unless on-course, but as a Brit I’m sure we can make it work).
The genuine part is multifaceted:
I expect he is already more dedicated than any youngster entering a recruitment office (or applying online these days, I guess).
I also suspect he is more prepared and more determined to succeed than >99%.
He has shown perseverance, tenacity, grit, and humility far exceeding his years, for years.
I hear that over the past few decades life in the Royal Air Force has become more of a job than a career, vocation, calling, family, etc., as it once was. Jacob has the drive to change that.
tells me, no, assures me, Jacob will be a great leader; maybe even the type about which books are eventually written.
It’s a long way off. As a guess, a few of these may be required:
- Sign up (no question there)
- Do what’s required early on
- Learn to fly some fast jets
- Fly some fast jets
- Lead a Squadron of fast jets
- Teach others how to fly fast jets
- Command the Station where your fast jets live along with others
- Sadly take more of a desk job role
- Get a better desk job
- Now, one at the Ministry (or at the Ministry of Space by then)
- And, hey presto, you have a grand estate in Hampshire, and more importantly a far better Royal Air Force after leaving, I have no doubt.
My father was an RAF V-force, tin-triangle Nav (plus many other postings covering his 31+ years in service – he joined aged 17 and retired at 49). As a young boy, I so admired my dad being V-force Aircrew and all of his buddies. But age-for-age I wasn’t even close to where Jacob is in his healthy obsession.
The RAFBF has helped many people I know, some close. The fact that Jacob has generated so much in donations for them is quite simply amazing.
I mean what I say: Jacob, you have the opportunity, the skills, and the time, to reach those stars you so deserve.
PS. I don’t blog much. My admiration for Jacob has happily kept me away from things I really should be doing right now.
All images are from Jacob’s Twitter account.