Airports - gateway to humanity
I spend a lot of time in aiports. I try to limit the amount of time I spend in airports, but I still spend a lot of time in airports....
They're always fascinating places though for people watching. You can see the best of humanity - partners welcoming home their lover, children welcoming home parents, parents welcoming home children. There is beauty, and love to be seen if your eyes are open.
As with most of life, the almost worst of humanity can be seen as well. That's probably an exaggeration, it's not that bad... Like cranky businessmen unable to get home on time with flight delays, anxious travellers running late about to miss their flight. I've seen these people take out their anger and frustration on staff working at the airline, and their travelling companions. Someone is to be blamed, although, perhaps the blame is misguided in most cases.
These days I just go with the flow. When you travel, things rarely go to plan.... and most of the time there's not much you can do about it. Stuck in traffic, late after an appointment & probably not going to make your flight... that's ok, get a later one. Storms?? Delays?? That's ok, you'll get home eventually... you may need to spend another night away, but better to get home safely than to take the risk of flying in the storm.
I still think it's pretty awesome that the bulk of the population can afford to jump on a metal tube and fly at 28,000 feet at 1,000km/hr... It's pretty impressive really.
I'm heading down to Sydney now for a client meeting in the morning. Part of my going with the flow & not stressing out strategy means I need to spend a night away for a morning meeting, as you can't guarantee planes leaving on time and traffic conditions (especially in Sydney!) allowing you to get where you need to be on time. It's another night away from the family, but on the positive side, as an introvert I get some re-energising, quiet time to myself...
Anyhoo - keep an eye out for humanity happening around you next time you're at the airport. Hopefully you can find something to smile about.