Oh the places you'll go. Oh the places you'll see. That was one of my childhood favorite books. In my early teenage years, I always wanted to ride in an airplane. I didn't know why, but I always wanted to fly. It wasn't until I was 18 years old that I was about to make that first trip.
I was flying back home from Wilberforce University for winter break in November 2008. Nervous didn't even describe how I felt. I probably messed up at TSA checkpoint by putting too many liquids in my carry-on. Or something silly. But I made it on the plane. I sat in the back of the plane on a nighttime flight. Okay it was probably 6pm. Nighttime enough. I actually had a window seat on the very first ride to myself. Taking off was no problem, but the feeling of my ears popping was something I couldn't quite shake. I placed my headphones into my iTouch and try to relax with a little music.
The flight attendant came around to take my drink order. I read that ginger ale was supposed to be good to drink on the plane. Perhaps it calms your nervous or something, so I ordered one of those. She brought back the drink and the warm cookie. This airline merged and I can't remember the name of it anymore. But it merged into Frontier. I ate my cookie and drunk my ginger ale, feeling very adult about the whole situation.
Until it was time to land. Going down wasn't as smooth as going up. The bumpiness of the rough descent had me on edge. The flight attendant could tell as I cried to myself in the back of the plane. She sat down beside me and asked if I was okay. I told her I've never been on a plane before and I'm just a little scared. She said she understood and explained to me this is normal as the plane returns to ground. The next time you do it, it won't even bother you so much. She gave me another cookie and wished me luck.
Tons of flights later, I still for the most part order a ginger ale, long for those homemade cookies and think of that flight attendant. Even when things seem a little scary, I know it only last a moment. Something I long for, for years scared the crap out of me but I pushed through it. And whatever is scary in your life you will push through it too.
Let's explore this beautiful world together through travel, food, drink and fun. Allow me to be your guide as you create beautiful memories. Use my reflections as your guide through this wonderful world.
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The girl who didn't get on plane until 18, but now just can't stop.