l o v e . l i v e . t r a v e l. e a t. p r a i s e.
The art carried out the most by far in any airport, is that of waiting. I have mastered it. Sit. Phone. Toilet. Drink. Food. Sit. Phone. Toilet. Snack. Overpriced souvenir purchase. Sit. Stand. Board, hallelujah it’s finally time to board! I’ve done it all. I’ve discovered every possible way one can pass time while playing slave to never-ending layovers and the always-dreaded delayed flight times. While this waiting is frustrating, you continue to wait because you know that eventually you will be on the way to where you are trying to get to. If you didn’t know you were going to make it to where you wanted to go, there would be no point in subjecting yourself to the boredom of staring at white walls and tarmacs.
Just like an airport, life involves a lot of waiting. And just like in an airport, those waiting times differ for each person. It doesn’t seem fair that some people walk straight off one plane and on to another without a hassle, while others are stuck trying to make a bed out of a cluster of bothersome plastic chairs until the early hours of the morning. But this merely reflects life. Some people are forced to wait to get to where they want to go; some wait because they can’t be bothered doing anything to ensure they get to their destination any quicker; or others seem to be lucky enough to avoid any wait times at all.
I am currently in quite an extended period of waiting in my life. I’ve been waiting so long I’m starting to wonder if my flight has actually been cancelled. While you may have an idea of where your life is heading— or at least a preference of where you want it to be heading— none of us can ever be 100% sure where we will be tomorrow. The waiting and not knowing what lays head can be quite a challenge. However, I know that my itinerary has been carefully planned for me, and in those moments I just have to trust I will get to where I need to be at just the right time. In both life and travel there will be waiting, but we need to trust that there will also be a destination. In the meantime instead of staring blankly out the window or waiting for the screen to flash “Go to Gate”, explore where you are, meet some people and make the most of your waiting!