The book’s title is derived from hand gliding terminology, which the author explains on page 44:
Turbulence is the only way to get altitude, to get lift. Without turbulence, the sky is just a big blue hole. Without turbulence, you sink.
Really puts our trials and tribulations in proper perspective, doesn’t it? Instead of trying to avoid turbulence in life, we should welcome it. It is through these trials that our character is honed and we are able to expand our horizons.
I heard once that the average person barely knows ten stories from childhood and those are based more on photographs and retellings than memory. So even with all the videos we take, the two boxes of snapshots under my desk, and the 1,276 photos in folders on the computer, you’ll be lucky to end up with a dozen stories. You won’t remember how it started with us, the things that I know about you that you don’t even know about yourselves. We wont’ come back here. (page 4)