A Day Off At 35,000ft

One leg of the journey back to San Francisco complete, with 8 and 16 hour flights still to go. Woah. That’s a whole day in the sky.

Ours is a world where normal consists of being connected constantly, a world where the work day rarely finishes at 5pm. In this world, a day in the sky sounds pretty good. Dozens of movies and television shows to watch, a cushioned seat to sleep as much as I want, a view up over the world that no marathon Google Maps session could compete with, and there is even a friendly person that brings me hot meals and cold drinks! Pretty cool, right? To the human of my grandparents’ generation, this sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Yet in the 21st century, the privileged of us who have the mobility to spend time high in the skies – crossing continents and skipping over oceans – we moan and groan about the burden that it is to fly. I understand people get tired, and that journeys can be long, but let’s stop and think for a second. We are literally transporting from one side of the world to the other in the time it takes to watch a couple movies and have a nap. Pretty cool, right?

Anyways, here I am in the Accra airport, about to spend a day in the sky. Why?

I am moving forward with force, flying through the Middle East back to the center of the modern tech-centric world. No longer will I be running through the gauntlet of project development solo. It is time to scale the scope of what my 24 hours can accomplish in a given day.

To scale beyond my 24 hours, we have the greatest of plans. I know the plan is the right plan – or at least know as much as I ever can in a world of unknowns. What I do know is we are going in the right direction, and we have the expertise and resources to fill a gapping hole in a country where kids are suffering every day. And the longer we delay, the more kids suffer. Again, we have a plan, it’s pretty nice, let me tell you, with one of my finest pitch decks in recent memory. But can we make it happen? Who knows.

The time has come to turn that finest of plans into reality. And remember, the longer we wait, the more kids who suffer.

When it’s time to jump, the best laid plans battle with the unknown. The pitch deck may be clear, the narrative tight, but is what we hope to do in Liberia right? In a country as broken as Liberia, yes, an impact can be made, but the goal is not to make a little dent in a country of broken systems, but to pilot a new model of change.

Challenges bigger than I’ve ever faced lie ahead, unknowns will become known – but first, a day away from the constant connection, a mini-vacation in the sky.

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