Life moves fast. You’re spinning and twirling around so fast, your hair wraps around your eyes and you can feel your dress one step behind you. Yet, it’s not until the last beat, when you face out to the audience. And it’s not until that last puff of breath, the kind that blows your hair out of your face that you realize the world is still. Watching.
Friday, December 17th:
Pack for your trip, wake up early and load your car, drive to the library, study for your math final, eat lunch, take your engineering final, review for your math final, eat dinner, take your math final, go say bye to your parents, go get ski clothes from your friend, grab an iced coffee, drive to dallas, park your car at Wendy’s, take a shower, request an uber, check in at the airport, wait to board your flight, get some coffee, board the plane, and then.
You don’t realize it’s coming. You don’t realize that by booking a 5:30 am flight, you did more than cause more havoc in the world around you. But here we are. The rain droplets all shoot back in unison as we start to take off, the plane shakes and you start to get a little nervous. You try to focus but the world is a blur of diagonal LED lights racing past you. Before you know it, the world starts to slow down. You reach this point, where the nose of the plan breaks through that last cloud, and the stars are brighter this morning than they’ve ever been before. The sunset is the darkest orange you’ve ever seen.
I didn’t want to come down.
Unfortunately, Southwest doesn’t fly planes just for the heck of it. They fly to get from point A to point B in a time efficient manner. And that’s what it’s all about. That’s why, by the end of Finals Week, you’re constantly trying to reach this elevated state, where gravity spares you and you just fly.
What I’ve realized is that it’s okay to land. That jolt is coming and we all know because everyone in the airplane is going to hear it in their ears first, then tense their body in anticipation for contact. So why not instead of waiting to be brought back down to earth by the hands of another man, grab the wheel yourself. Flying is smooth and we’ve got this under control.