What you see up top is my main logo. But for other purposes...
What is that thing anyway? And what does it symbolize?
The REAL lesson I get from Icarus...
It's a logo, comprised of a drum stick with wings, and an aviation headset. Perhaps a little over the top, but it attempts to symbolize at least some of the things I love most, including music and playing drums, aviation/flight, hope and inspiration. (I hope it does anyway.)
I call him "Sticarus," after drum "Stick" and "Icarus."
I am quite spiritual really, and I view myself as having suffered the same plight as Icarus in many ways. As the story goes, Icarus in his attempt to escape from Crete flew too close to the sun, his wings melted and caused his fall into the sea where he drowned. Icarus' father warns him first of complacency and then of hubris (extreme pride or self-confidence), advising that he fly neither too low nor too high, because the sea would clog his wings or the sun's heat would melt them. Advice which Icarus ignored. (wiki)
Reflecting on that, obviously the escape took precedence and was the important goal at hand. But rarely does anyone consider the reasons why Icarus wanted to fly so high. Why did he fly too high? Was he so self-confident that he thought he could fly to altitudes without limit? Was he so proud that he would ignore good advice from his father? Was he stupid? Was it part of his strategy of escape? Or was it just part of the vectors he got from Greece Departure ATC as he climbed to cruising altitude leaving Crete?
Not sure. Perhaps he didn't like what he saw from high up, what with the world the way it is...
I would imagine if one were to ask of Icarus why he flew too high, he probably would respond: "But how high is too high? Truth is merely the viewpoint, and to each his own, for there is always more sky in which to fly."
However, first I question whether it is wrong to fly too high. What IS "too high," and according to what/whom? And for which consequences? I mean if one has wax wings, and they might melt, then ok, use prudence and good sense, right? And adopting that principal one would know the limitations and plan ahead for whatever lies ahead in the adventure of life that might be within the scope of prediction. Speaking figuratively, structural limitations are not only mechanical in the design of the aircraft (wax wings in this case), but extend in meaning to any altitude, velocity, quantity, or degree that is acceptable in any facet of life. Many love the excitement of adventurous risk of the unknown, pushing the envelope in any direction. Others instead are content to enjoy a more calm approach to those same things. And to each his own. Again, "acceptable."
But here is the point to all this; what I do know is, regardless of what is acceptable altitude/velocity/quantity/degree for each of us, once one has flown high (again speaking figuratively), he is changed forever. And it's difficult to view life any differently from there on. Once you fly (very) high, once you drive fast, once you taste wealth/abundance, once you travel far, once you love deeply, once you conquer risk and dangerous peril, once you see the the stars up close, once you experience that something more (whatever that may be), forever are these there in the way you view all things.
I believe Icarus, whether he was or was not stupid, proud or over-confident, he did partake of an adventure that was presented him on that day, and flew high. And from then he was changed forever.
What qualifies me to liken myself to Icarus having flow too high? Well that's a story for another day.