I’ve been struggling coming up with the reasons why I’ve hit such a writers block lately. I hate that I haven’t been able to come up with content and feel motivated to write. There’s a lot going on in my life right now, which probably contributes to it, but I knew there had to be something else.
I was sitting on an airplane last weekend heading to see my best friend who lives in Texas. As I was 30,000 feet in the air, my second glass of Pinot Noir in hand, with Ocean’s 8 on in front of me, I realized it. I’m my most creative when I’m traveling.
It motivates me. It drives me. It challenges me. Even just a quick weekend trip gave me the kick in the butt I needed to write a new post.
Some people hate airplanes and airports. I’m not one of those people. I adore airports, airplanes, and all aspects of traveling. Unless I have the stomach flu, which has now happened twice. To the flight attendants on my flight to Dusseldorf, you are all saints and I’m sorry I yelled at you when you wouldn’t get out of my way to the bathroom. To the bathroom attendant within the Sistine Chapel, thank you for giving me a breath mint after I violently threw up in your bathroom.
Anyway, I digress.
I dove deep into my subconscious to try to figure out why I love the place most people hate. Here’s what I came up with.
I feel in control.
Isn’t that funny? I feel in control in an airplane, where it’s literally the least amount of control I can have. But I’m controlling my life in this aspect. Traveling makes me feel free and in control of my universe. I’m controlling the fact that I’m expanding my knowledge of culture. I’m controlling where I go and how I open my eyes to new experiences. Traveling means giving up your control of what might happen, but in the same sense, you’re making choices to expand and grow as a person.
You’re in a space and environment where everyone is going through something different while going to the same destination.
Maybe the person sitting next to you being obnoxious on their phone before take off is on their way to a funeral for their mom. Maybe that lady who cut in the boarding line has had their flight cancelled 8 times and is tired, hungry, and in need of a shower. Maybe that person who is yelling at the flight attendant is really just an asshole. You don’t know anyone’s story. You’re all heading to the same destination, but the story driving you to get there is different. The dynamic and wonder of everyone’s story always gets my mind going.
I can reconnect with music and podcasts I haven’t given attention to in awhile.
This isn’t ground breaking, but it’s one of my reasons. There’s nothing distracting me. I can really listen to the music. I can close my eyes and listen to the lyrics and catch up on albums I haven’t been able to really listen to yet. It’s relaxing and one of the thing that inspires me and fires me up.
Reading. Oh my, the reading that happens!
3+ UNINTERRUPTED hours of reading?! Yes, please! Ugh, the love I have for reading in airports and on an airplane is unlike any other. It doesn’t matter how many books I have in the lineup ready to read, I always buy an overpriced book while waiting for my flight. I’ve also had some pretty interesting conversations with fellow passengers about the books we are reading.
I’m going somewhere new (or old).
Just the thought of going somewhere familiar or unfamiliar is such an exciting experience. Talking to fellow travelers, this is a common theme. Even if you hate airports and the process of traveling, part of you is excited because you’re going somewhere. As much of a homebody that I am, I love the experience of traveling. I love making myself uncomfortable and pushing my boundaries. I love knowing I’m going to have new memories and have new experiences under my belt. It’s such an incredible feeling and experience.
So, there it is. This isn’t groundbreaking. This isn’t new. This probably won’t even help anyone. However, it was fun to work through my thoughts and feelings about traveling. I’d love to hear what’s in your head, too.
Do you love or hate airplanes? Why? What’s the general consensus here?
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