based on a true story – Follow your Heart, NOW!


(Don’t wait for someone to aim a gun point-blank at you!)

 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

– Henry David Thoreau

 Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

– Henry David Thoreau

Marcos Sampayo, born in a middle class family in (capital of) Brazil, was a boy with so many dreams and fascinations … Among many other things, one thing that he liked, as many children do, was to fly! But his story is different … he sees the birds flying in the sky and he wants to be up there with them. He hears the roaring noise of an airplane hovering in the sky and he rushes out (even straight from the bath-tub, at times) to the balcony just to have a glimpse of it … The years go by but his passion about flying does not die … He invariably stretches his gaze at the blue sky whenever he hears the familiar sound …

As he grows up, the only thing that ‘flies’ is time! … He has to park his dream ‘in some corner of his heart’ and move on … He is probably waiting for ‘someday’ when he will follow his dream. He still subscribes to aero-sport magazines but that is the only thing he does for his ‘love’.

He completes his regular education and joins his family owned grocery shop. He is making decent earning and even starts growing his dad’s business. As his father nears the retirement phase, he takes complete charge of the business and is engrossed completely in the routine.

One day, his life takes a sudden turn. It was a normal day, like any other so far … Customers were pouring in the store at regular pace in the morning … then the rush dropped as the sun rose above the head … he heard a big roar of an airplane and since there were not many people in the store who needed attention, he could step out and gaze at the airplane … As the aircraft gets lost in the distant clouds, he returns back to the counter with a ‘sigh’ and starts attending to the few new shoppers. Suddenly, there is a stranger who enters the shop and changes everything. He takes out a pistol from nowhere, fires a shot in the air and frightens everyone outside the shop before he rushes right to the counter. He then aims the pistol at the shop-owner (Marcos) and threatens to kill him if he does not give him all the cash. Marcos who is frightened like never before takes no time to empty the cash drawer into the armed robber’s bag and begs to leave him alive. The seasoned robber then thinks of further frightening the shop-owner and says ‘I still want to kill you! So, lie down on the floor’. Not left with any other choice, Marcos does as instructed … but to his surprise, he finds out that when the robber pulls the trigger, he is not hurt at all – since the there was no more bullet in the gun! The robber runs out of the store laughing at the plight of Marcos – who is still trying to grasp his breath.

The event has ruined Marcos – he was frightened to death during the few minutes that keeps flashing in front of his eyes – even after he was released unhurt physically. He spends the next week in isolation. The introspection results into a reinvented Marcos who decides to make the most from this ‘gift of life’. He does not bother at all about the financial loss he incurred … instead, he takes the ‘boldest’ decision of his life! He sells off his shop and joins a flying club and studies hard to become a certified ‘Hang-Glider’ Pilot. He then sets up his own adventure tourism boutique firm (vôo duplo de asa delta) in Rio De Janeiro and not only lives his ‘passion’ but makes decent living out of it (‘more than what he would be making from his boring shop’ – as he likes to mention it)!

While taking the tourists from across the globe up in the clouds, he shares his story of life – and invariably poses a thought provoking question to everyone (followed by simple piece of advice) – “Will it take some insane to aim a pistol point blank at you?? Please DO NOT wait for a single day. You may not be as lucky as I was – FOLLOW YOUR HEART, NOW!”

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains

And we never even know we have the key.

– Lyrics from Already Gone, performed by the Eagles for their 1974 On the Border album

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2 Responses to “based on a true story – Follow your Heart, NOW!”

  1. Manender Says:

    Beauty ….

  2. Angel Orengo / Rocio Aqunlino Says:

    Need to reach you about tomorrow’s (july 16, 2014) 2 delta flights, Marcos but the phone I have is incorrect. Please send note to this email so we can connect and confirm.
    Rocio Aquino

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