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