I am finally a private pilot!
Yesterday I had my checkride and I passed. I haven't realized yet that I am actually "done" with my first license which is kind of insane considering how far away it felt just a few weeks ago. After I came home from florida I actually didn't know how things would turn out. And after my first lesson here in Sweden I questioned how many hours I would need to get familiar with how things are done here.
After the checkride yesterday I was totally exhausted. I had so many feelings, mostly I felt motivated to keep on studying and start with my commercial license. We will see what happens next, considering everything that is going on right now I will probably stay in Sweden until the autumn. Until then, I will try to study as much as I can on my own, maybe do my night rating if I find a school where I can do it and fly as much as I can.
I feel proud that I finished and I am so excited to fly with friends and family. This is just the start, but it is a good start. One year ago I decided that I wanted to become a pilot, and I am extremely privileged that I got the opportunity to follow that dream. A BIG thank you to my parents who made this possible, more supportive parents are hard to find, and also a big thank you to all of my friends and new friends that have been the best friends ever supporting me and making me feel confident in my decisions.
Looking back at this whole journey I wouldn't change a thing. I started with the theory in Västerås at Flygteoriskolan with many amazing teachers and friends for life. And after that my dad had this crazy idea that me and my brother should travel to Florida to do our practical training, and it turned out to be one of the best things I have done. Pilots paradise in Vero Beach will forever be in my heart. Going to Florida taught me so much more than how to fly, it gave me more confidence in who I am and who I want to be. Finishing this in Västerås (Sweden) was so much fun, just 5 minutes from where I did the theory.
Truly a big thank you to everyone who was a part of this crazy year consisting of both ups and downs. I have learned that nothing comes easy and in the end it will be worth the hard work you put in.