On The Way To The Airport

AIRPORT

a place from which aircraft operate that usually has paved runways and maintenance facilities and often serves as a terminal

-Merriam Webster

Merriam Webster has eloquently described an airport in such a manner that is quite difficult to digest.

Can’t it simply be a building where passengers wait to aboard a plane.

Most countries take pride in their world class infrastructure that caters to thousands—millions of passengers per yer. International airports often boast unique architecture that make them standout among the rest. Architecture aside, they too aim to  provide topnotch service to its loyal patrons.

However I see a certain and unique appeal to these huge infrastructures.


Arrival

Departure

What does these two gates have in common?

It serves as an entrance/ exit that allows passage of people. It is also an area where a bulk of passengers would rush in/out, carrying with them heavy baggages as well as a huge smile on their faces.

A smile bearing excitement of a trip that has yet to unfold.

A smile bearing excitement of coming home.

So it is not JUST A STRUCTURE. It is a place of crossing. It is a pitstop.

It is a place that connects.

A structure is  merely a structure when no one puts meaning in it. A structure becomes the heart of connection when one pays importance to it.

No matter where we are headed, there is always a sense of excitement when you put importance to your destination.


Delayed flights

It is unavoidable that everything would be on time.

Delayed flights are a usual complaint among passengers alike. Reasons would vary from delayed turn around time of aircrafts, poor weather or various reasons provided by the airline company.

Bottom line is.

Delay can bring out the worst in people. A round of complaints could be heard as it passes around in circles. Mutterings of annoyance and a look of irritation could be a commonality in the sea of people stuck waiting by gate.

Delay can also put a spot light in the hidden attributes of a person. Others who possess  the virtue of patience would simply acknowledge the situation and wait. The minority would sit idly by and wait for further announcements.

Life is like a flight. You try to create a schedule, you try to make an itinerary and you try to make a decent plan, yet to your dismay, you experience a delay.

Life has a lot of variables. It is beyond our control no matter how hard we try to manipulate it.

Just wait and see, you will take flight at the right time.


Flight crews and Airport Staff

Dressed in the 9s and 10s everyday in a well pressed uniform and well shined shoes is practically the way of life for most flight crews and staff. They go to work with the goal to provide the utmost service in order to give passengers a pleasurable flight experience.

They wear bright smiles and bid everyone a good morning, a good afternoon, a good evening or simple just a good day.

Beneath the polished exterior and warm smiles lies a person who struggles with day to day life.

One who wakes up on time in order to fulfil one’s duties. One who works passionately in order to earn enough to reach ends meet. One who misses special events just because they are working.

We all share the same burden. We all wear the same exterior.

Beneath every well polished exterior, lies a heart that struggles. We are all the same no matter how tough our armour might look.

We all wake up, we all eat, and we all go to bed. Look to the person on your left and look to person on your right. They too live the same. Don’t be too dishearten if your life is monotonous.  


I’d like to put into parallel our lives to that of an airport.

Our lives are like that of a two way gate. We Depart and we Arrive.

We excitedly depart for a journey, eyes filled with eagerness and enthusiasm. Our luggages are filled with clothes ready to be worn on our upcoming adventures.

We arrive with hearts full of excitement after a journey filled with both highs and lows.  Our luggage, now evidently heavier, is now filled with worn out clothing and overflowing memories of what has been.

We too experience Delay. Not all our plans turn out on schedule. Not everything unfolds at our own time. So just be patient. Everything will turn up when you least expect it to be.

At times, we put on various masks to cover what we truly feel as we go on with our day to day life. Our mask could be plastered smiles, well pressed attire or elaborate jewelries that cover our true self.

Reach out once it gets hard.

Reach out once you feel like your drowning.

Reach out and peel off that thick armour of yours.


This post was heavily inspired by the Korean dramas, On the way to the airport and Where Stars Land. Both dramas circled around the people working in the airport and those who frequent it. I would recommend that you watch those two dramas. 

I really really want to hear from you. So what are your thoughts?

Name a certain place/ structure that holds a special meaning in your heart. Or you can just name a place where you frequent and enjoy visiting. What fond memories did you make in that place?

❤️ Eva

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10 thoughts on “On The Way To The Airport

  1. « Beneath every well polished exterior, lies a heart that struggles. We are all the same no matter how tough our armour might look. »
    Loved the comparison you made between the airport routine and our life! The masks we wear and mostly how tough our armour might look…how not all our plans turn out on schedule and when it’s the right time, things will change!
    I still remember the first time I travelled to represent my country in Morocco, I hardly believed I’m actually inside a plane! I mean I couldn’t afford to travel at the time, it was a grant so I still remember the feeling very well but the place that really left an impact on me is Strasbourg, a charming city and it was a great time and lovely experience as well 😊
    Thank you for sharing this, well written 👍

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    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed this concept 😊
      You’ve been to Morocco? Wow. I’ve always wanted to visit that country as well. How was it? It’s great that you do spend time to visit other countries and soak up their culture.

      There is the one quote I’ve read but It went something along these line… “don’t collect money. Collect memories instead”

      Glad seeing you again 😊

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      1. Yes I went to Morocco twice but it was work, but I enjoyed of course! They have a great culture…the seminar was in Rabat but we spent one day in Fes, it was great! The second time was to Bouznika, it’s beside the sea totally different experience, also work but I enjoyed a lot 😊 yes in my previous work in Human Rights I traveled twice to Morocco and once to Strasbourg and these were great experiences!
        I already follow this quote, I hate to collect money I rather travel, it’s a therapy for me! As I mentioned in my blog it’s too bad our passport is not that powerful 🙂 I need to visit many countries in Europe and sometimes the Schengen procedures and documents are not easy especially when it’s last minute decision and so…
        Thank you for this interaction and interesting subject 😊

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      2. Wow you work for the Human Rights. That’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to work in an agency that deals with people’s welfare. I actually wanted to take up International studies as well back in college. But my parents didn’t think it was the best idea.

        Always great to exchange ideas with you 😊

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      3. Yes it was the best part of my career 😊 probably your parents was afraid because of the income or so but you can always volunteer if you have time
        Same here, it’s great to exchange ideas with you indeed 😊

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      4. Yes. That was their main concern. But eventually I found ways to reach out. I think my current profession gives me more opportunities to reach out to people in need. And yes I do volunteer my services quite often.

        The feeling you get from hearing a sincere thank you is priceless and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

        Have a great day 😊

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  2. This was such a pleasant read. I imagined the entire post from your perspective sitting in a busy airport and narrating to us. I have been to airports only twice until now but I have had a similar fascination about railway stations. Now thanks to you I remember I wrote about it a long months back. I have to dust it out of the archives and continue writing it 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I do admit that I’ve never been to a railway station.. so I would like to ask. How is it? Compared to the airport what is it’s distinctive charm? Could you link it to me so I could check it out as well? 😊 it’s great to meet someone who has the same fascinations as me 😊

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  3. I have extensive experience with airports. I’ve slept overnight in Seoul, ran from one end of the airport to the next in search of my list passport in Riyadh and muscled my way through Frankfurt a few times. I don’t like airports but I do love to travel. Roll with the punches.

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    1. Those are really great experiences worth remembering. I’m glad that this post triggered a flashback of all those memories. Thank you for there lovely comment 😊

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