Although learning about aviation has indeed been (and continues to be!) a humbling experience, more surprisingly and effectively humbling are the effects of an unexpected
Over the past several months I've been fortunate to develop a unique friendship with a another pilot, a young lady who is in many ways my polar opposite: Where I am loud and boisterous, she is quiet and thoughtful. Where I am ambitious, she is resigned. Where I am judgemental, she is open-minded.
Being an extreme introvert, my new friend prefers to meet alone. My own comfort zone lies in a larger group of people -- working the room is more my thing. But true friendship demands compromise, and so we've met alone as well as in groups.
Being alone with someone really cuts through the extranous "stuff" we tend to surround ourselves with... I have rarely felt so naked as I do when I am alone with my new friend. She forces me to just "be" who I am, and you know what? I realise I am not always quite so sure of who that is, without all the superfluous bits and pieces I tend to tag on most of the time...
This friendship is humbling, stretching, fulfilling, exciting, terrifying and fresh. I relish it!