Why do I love to fly? Well other than being catapulted through the air at over 300 mph, I love flying because it changes my perspective on the world, forces me to make connections with other people, and puts me in situations that push me out of my comfort zone.
Have you ever just sat at an airport gate and listened? Next time you have the chance, I recommend you take a moment to be aware of what’s going on around you. Sure, sometimes it is very dull, but spending time listening and thinking is always good for the mind. I find that observing others in this way gives me a better perspective on my own life. Sometimes it’ll show me just how small my problems really are, other times it will remind me to take life as it comes and laugh a little. Through the years I’ve seen someone spill their coffee all over a well dressed business man, two young children take their first walk down a jet bridge, and two souls go from strangers to friends.
When we fly we take a moment from our daily routine and step down a boarding corridor into a plane. We sit next to each other; some of us stressed, some scared, and others gleefully excited to embark on a new adventure. Take the time to get to know the people around you. If someone is scared or shaken, engage the moment to comfort them. I'll never forget when the boarding door closed to my first solo flight to Paris at the age of 15. I had tears in my eyes as I watched my Dad wave from the window of the terminal. Leaving the country at 15 was never my plan, much less all by myself. At this moment I was scared, excited, and sad all at the same time. The woman next to me said a few words with a smile, and assured me that everything would work out and that I would remember this experience for the rest of my life. It changed much more than my outlook on the trip, it effected my whole life and led to my passion for traveling and sharing my experiences with others.
Do you hate it when the clouds move in and the world around you gets dark and dreary? Hope on a plane and kiss that rain goodbye. As you peak your head through the clouds you will see nothing but a floor of clouds meeting a bright blue sky filled with sun. It's an interesting look on life if you really think about it. Our problems and issues, no matter how low and engulfing they may seem, are always fleeting. I love breaking through the clouds because it reminds me of this. It draws my attention to the beauty and glory of my God that is waiting just a moment away.