Freedom is something that every human being desires. We have achieved this through vehicles that allow us to go places that would have been difficult or impossible for us to reach otherwise.
Senior Austin Tyson is a unique student in that he has something that few his age possess, he has a motorcycle license.
“I got my license because my dad had two motorcycles and thought it was a good thing for a young man to have. I got it when I was in Virginia, so I was 15 and a half. It was a precursor to a driver’s license, so it was almost like a test to see if I could handle a driver’s license,” Tyson said.
One of the reasons some people get a motorcycle license at a young age is because, some claim, it’s easier to control.
“Personally, I’ve been skateboarding since I was eight years old, so it’s kind of easy to ride a small, thin vehicle. So it’s a little weird driving a car after riding a motorcycle for a year. I still lean in the car when I’m driving,” Tyson said.
Riding a motorcycle can be a vastly different experience from a car, which is one of the reasons many people get a motorcycle.
“Once you get one [a motorcycle], there’s a certain feeling you get when riding a motorcycle., a more free feel, kind of at one with the road,” Tyson said.
With the technology mankind has developed, we are able to be free even from the ground. Junior Jacob Veta has freed himself from the ground by working towards his pilot’s license.
“Civil Air Patrol Air Force Auxiliary got me into my pilot’s license. My dad is a private pilot. I want to fly heavy air craft,” Veta said.
Flying can be a very exciting experience. Many emotions can occur in a pilot while he is flying.
“There’s a surreal moment when you’re up in the air and you look down. You realize that you’re in this thing that is heavy and metal and the only thing that’s keeping you up is aerodynamics and you’re terrified,” Veta said.
If you look hard enough there are many different licenses out there that will allow you to operate exciting vehicles. Mankind does not need to be confined to four wheels.