Let me tell you a story. The world is full of good people. People who want to help you accomplish your dream. People who want to make your life a little easier. People who want to be a part of your story. People who want to tell you theirs.
I arrived back in the U.S. on Thursday afternoon, with the need to help my mom after knee surgery and the intention to hug a few friends along the way. Half of the flights cancelled out of JFK due to winds, forcing the airport to operate arrivals and departures on one runway. I had options (the good thing about non revving). I explained my situation to two gate agents and they were sympathetic and as helpful as the operation would allow. I made it out of JFK and spent the night down south before flying north in the morning. A hotel shuttle driver from another hotel offered to drive me to mine so I wouldn’t have to wait. The front desk moved my room so that I would feel safer, away from the stairs. An old colleague threw my bag on a plane to my final destination. The rental car company gave me a nice new hybrid to try and then switched it seamlessly when I found a nail in the tire. Flying back, today, I met, in person, another instagram aviator who understands how helpful we can all be to each other. Earlier in the day, I met an old colleague, then a woman recommended a book to me, at a bookstore that had chairs to sit! A real, paperback book. That she read and recommended. And then a woman sat next to me at the bar and we started talking. Two solo female travels. Turns out she’s Spanish, living in the U.S. So we basically switched places. And we had a toast with the couple across the bar from us, Spanish style - arriba, a bajo, al centro, y pa dentro. Now it’s time to go home to my wingman. Go have a killer week, on purpose. Don’t punctuate your week by miles and machines. Celebrate it with people, moments, and memories.
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