A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about my worst seatmate ever.
After the terrible and wild day I’ve had today, I decided to spend a few minutes to be grateful for the things that were good in my life. Somehow, my mind wandered to a Southwest flight that I took years ago, before I was into The Hobby. I was flying from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and I was seated next to a fabulously chatty man.
Normally, I don’t like to talk to my seatmates. I’m actually kind of shy in public. But this guy was so inclusive and interesting that I couldn’t help but get swept away into a conversation that lasted for the entire flight.
I don’t remember most of our talk, but one thing that stood out was the way he described take-off. “I just can’t help imagining the plane sliding backwards,'” he told me. “It’s at such a steep angle…what’s to stop it from just sliding back down?” He accompanied this thought with a hand and arm movement, a physical slide down, and highly raised eyebrows, driving the point home.
At this exact moment, we were, in fact, on the ascent – the plane was angled up, and we were at the aforementioned improbable angle. I remember having a total moment. I just looked out the window and thought…wow.
And since then, I’ve thought about this guy every time I fly. Every single time. When the plane takes off and we’re at the moment between the ground and the sky, I look out at the clouds and wonder how this is all possible. Not only the flight itself, but all of this.
So I’m grateful, and it’s all good.
How did your day turn out?