Episode 6: Still waiting on the world to change

I’ve never claimed to be a patient person. Actually, I think one of my most obvious traits is my highly noticeable impatience. But hey, at least I own it.

I was listening to someone speak this August, and he began to talk about challenging seasons of life. I think I was half listening, basically anticipating the usual: “when something big shifts or changes, anxiety, loss, grief, etc.” To my shock he said the times in his life that have required the most courage have been the times of waiting.

 No, not like waiting for the new iPhone, or waiting for your coffee, or waiting in line at the bank. Those waits have definable end times. You know with absolute certainty that eventually this line will move and that lovely barista will hand you your promised caffeine fix. There is relief in the knowledge that this period of waiting will end, despite the fact that you probably don’t know when.

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Episode 3: Thrills and Eddies

What does it for you? What gets your heart pumping? What gives you butterflies? For me, I get a rush when I book a flight. The idea that I don’t know whats going to happen next. The thrill of the non-routine.

No game plan. Just go.

Travelling by air is kind of like a vortex. Ever ridden Space Mountain in Disneyland as a kid? You stand in line for hours, hope everything checks out (am I tall enough??) Then you hop in, strap in, and suddenly nothing is in your control anymore. The ride whips past, and you re-emerge. While you may actually be in the a same place- it feels entirely new. Also, your kid-self feels like a total BOSS because you just rode a spaceship.

Yes, I am saying that I get about as excited to go on airplanes as kids get when they ride space mountain for the first time.

Flights are magic.

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