Photo taken at JFK Airport
April 6, 2019
Getting on the gotdamn plane.
There’s a stigma for me personally about people standing in the way of others at the airport walking to the gate. The frustration often comes when you yourself is trying board. Maybe not so much an issue for first-class flyers, because we know they have their own issues. But for those who wait for their respective group or zone to board often just sit or stand and wait. Meanwhile in the way of others, and making sure everything is in hand to board. You never wanna’ be that passenger.
Enough said there, but to finally be on the plane and in your seat is settling in the moment. No more airport. Just rest and hope for a peaceful flight. Which brings me to number two;
Creating a Comforting Travel Experience
Which is almost impossible if you’re on a budget. Travel is like Vegas, you get what you pay for. Money talks louder than status. Which is why you can create your own experience if you’re willing to pay the extra dollars. What’s important to you; your time or money? In that case do you even have the money? Meanwhile airlines and airports are also trying to figure this out. Travel has become a global growing network with technology itself, and being on the cheap end of it you can find yourself getting on a plane frustrated about an experience. So, if you aren’t TSA pre-check, chances are you follow the rules of the norm. But that also depends on where the hell your traveling to and from. Which means not only can the process be frustrating, but you also have to deal with people.
Meeting Airport Workers Who Love Their Job!
People think going through TSA pre-check there has to be an assumed status. But in reality most travelers get it random. Going through the TSA standard line is like nothing more than a live job interview process. It’s as if your entire character is scanned in question to deem you safe to fly with others or not. And we get the irritable workers who yell, “Sir”, or, “Mam”, gesturing folks to keep the line going. You can tell they don’t give a fuck, just doing a protocol job. But there are the airport workers whether at TSA or not, that show an aura at work making it clear they care. They watch travelers miss flights, argue with agents, and laugh at the many people who just look down on their phones. I can’t say personally I care to chat with other travelers, but when airport workers show frustration I like to watch why.
Don’t be that worker.
Learning From a Turbulent Journey!
Frustration during travel is often shown in both airport workers and travelers, but it never shows a resolve. To appreciate a rocky journey you must also appreciate meaning. Back in February descending into JFK, the flight was very turbulent and swayed left to right as winds were gusting high. The idea of this, to me, is simple. I think of turbulence like a boat hitting waves, a car running over potholes, or you walking on rocks. Only a dumby would crash doing that right? Trust your Aviator.
And simply know that cancellations, delays, losing luggage, fighting a crowd to your gate, etc; it’s all a part of the turbulent journey. It happens like a wave, or rain falling on a rock.
Get over it.
Embracing The Journey
Traveling for me is the essence of making the world a playground. Without it we’d be further apart, in terms of convenience. But by putting a large piece of metal in the air, the other side of the world can be reached in 12 hours. Arriving can be the hard part, because your mind is still stuck on the other side of the equator.
Forget whatever you knew, this vacation is for the new part of you! Like everyday, treat the vacation like a lifetime journey, and fuck your expectations…
You gotta’ love home to understand this one. Because home is the standard that sets a tone for travel. This is why they ask you, “Wanna Get Away?”, leave home and see the world!? Because home is where comfort sits. Traveling is how you expand comfort at home. Needless to say, home is where the heart is. And if traveling is where home is for you, then maybe your heart is here to inspire others to travel too!
My appreciation for travel is all over. I’ve been around enough to understand that without the headaches in travel you can’t have the perks of it. They work hand in hand. You just get to decide what to appreciate in the moment.
*Bonus – Breakfast
I love eating breakfast traveling too! Or anywhere…. especially at resorts. Just wake up, walk down, grab a plate and eat breakfast.