Fly A Plane

Week 32 of 'The Great Wake Up!'

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When I saw the title of this week's experiment, my immediate reaction was one of horror!

'Chris, what are you thinking? Fly a plane? Surely not!'

So you can imagine my relief when I watched the video and realised that the experiment was, in fact, to fly a paper plane. Phew! That I could do.

The aim of this experiment was to bring some fun into our lives. The idea was to find a tall place, release a paper plane and see where the wind takes it.

As I couldn't think of a nearby tall place, I decided to take the easy (and perhaps, slightly boring) option of releasing my plane from one of the upstairs windows and into the garden.

I was slightly concerned at what the neighbours might think if they saw me doing this on my own, so I decided to get my nephew to join in and we made a game of it. When I say a game, it was more like a competition. We both made a paper plane and decided to see whose could fly furthest.

I went first. As I let the plane go, I stepped back in anticipation and watched it 'fly' a few feet from the force of my throw before dropping vertically onto the flat roof above the downstairs extension. It was a bit of an anticlimax. My vision of it being carried by the wind before gracefully landing on the other side of the garden was clearly not going to become reality.

However despite this initial disappointment at my loss (I am pretty competitive!), my mum then joined in, and the three of us spent half an hour in the garden flying our planes, then making more planes and seeing how each would fly. It was a lot of fun, and something that me, my mum and my nephew were able to do together.

For something so simple, it had extraordinary benefits - not only did it bring the fun aspect, but it also got three generations of the family involved in too. So Chris, your goal for this experiment definitely worked on this occasion.


I started off as a Great Wake Up! blogger but that wonderful project has sadly come to an end so now I am writing about being an introvert. I, like many other introverts, can feel lost as more and more value is placed on the number of connections we make rather than their quality. I often find myself in situations where I don't fit in and where louder people get a greater share of the focus. I am regularly seen as 'the quiet one' as if somehow that is a bad thing, when in fact, I think it's a pretty good thing. This blog is about my journey to find out more about the introvert personality and embrace my quiet side.


Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
Simple pleasures are the best! Lovely post !
Go to the profile of Mark Cuddy
over 5 years ago
Another 'wake up' family member who used the challenge by incorporating a loved one. Seems the simple things in life can be the most rewarding.
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Brilliant! Nice one Preeti, glad it did the trick. C x
Go to the profile of Sam Bragg
over 5 years ago
What a great experiment to do. Seems strange that such a simple exercise would bring so much pleasure to different members of the family. What is interesting that it seems to be grown up females and junior males undertaking the activity!. A great reminder that simple things can bring so much joy. Perhaps an activity you need the Bees to undertake!
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Ha ha, Preeti, from your opening line I thought I had a kindred spirit. My horror was that it wasn't flying a real plane... So glad to hear you enjoyed it!