June 21, 2010

a surprise take-off.

I'm always struck by the random and wonderful places where advice emerges, where direction decides to surface. 

Yesterday, a few minutes before take-off, the man beside me on the plane turned and said: 

"Hi, I'm Eric. and I know most people choose not to speak to the person next to them when they fly, but I want to be constantly meeting new people... if we're not meeting new people, our lives become static, don't they? And I don't ever want a static life. I want to live on the move."

I'll admit--when he first turned and began to speak, I inwardly sighed and thought oh here we go, dude, please just let me read my book. And then I listened to him. And I realized how wrong I was. And we talked. And I met a new person. And he taught me things.

And it was life in motion. 
Pretty incredible, wouldn't you say?

(Photo: Daniela)


Hannah said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for this encouragement. I'm flying 3 times this month and have the same attitude. I've already flown twice. I'm gunna be sure to talk to the people around me on my last flight.

Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

Ahhhh, now I will think twice before tuning out the person next to me! Have a great day!

Lisa Emily said... [Reply to comment]

that is definitely incredible. "strangers are just family you have yet to come to know."

Lillian Chang said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, that's so true!! What a nice way to open a conversation and really open your mind too :)
Sometimes we forget that at any moment of any day, we can meet our future best friend, our future support group...
What a lovely reminder :)

PhotoPuddle said... [Reply to comment]

What a great story!

ALFIE said... [Reply to comment]

pretty incredible indeed! glad you've been having traveling summer fun! the bachelorette party looks like a blast!

mylovelygenesis said... [Reply to comment]

Just tumbled upon your blog and wow! I love it. That was so profound. I have never thought about how much I live life statically. It is so true though. Thanks for the wisdom!

Kipa said... [Reply to comment]

That IS incredible. Wow, I wish I was bold enough to do that.

Ze2red said... [Reply to comment]

that was surprisingly nice, and for sure refreshing. Looks like the guy has experience about how to interest people in talking to him :)... good for you.

brlracincwgrl said... [Reply to comment]

This is amazing!