how flying keeps me grounded

There is something about being 30,000 feet in the air that is both restricting and freeing. You are most likely unable to communicate with anyone that you are not traveling with, unless you pay for the overpriced airline WiFi. You cannot run your errands or do the work that is piling up around your house or apartment. And the worst for me is I’m unable to hang out with my dog.

Instead, you are stuck 30,000 feet in the air, praying that the pilot is 100% sure of what he is doing. Also, you’re hoping that the hundred other people on the plane who are constantly coughing aren’t going to give you the flu.

I always feel like flying helps to keep me grounded. Ironic, I know. But not having contact with anyone on the “outside” and not having the ability to distract myself with household chores or errands gives me the time to be in the moment with my thoughts and feelings.

When I am able to do other things to keep myself busy, I do not always focus on my dreaded real feelings. You know – you are always pretending not to care because the 21st century dating norms have made us feel like we shouldn’t. But what else am I going to do when I’m on a plane for 4 hours?! Being able to weigh pros and cons about guys, work, guys, school, guys, working out – okay really just guys – is much easier without distractions or without your friends’ input. Having some time alone with your thoughts and really focus on what you want out of life and how you are going to get there, to me, is one of the greatest things about flying.

Whenever I fly I always am reminded of the quote “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question,” by Harun Yahya. This quote always makes me reflect on my own life and open my eyes up to the idea that I really can be anything I want to be and go anywhere I want to go.

As I sit in the airport waiting to board my next flight, I am looking around at all the different people who are about to board the same flight with me, thinking about where they are coming from and where their end destination is. I’d like to think we will all spend the next few hours lost in our thoughts 30,000 feet in the air – feeling restricted and free.


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