When we come to think of it , airports can be associated to so much more than its inherent hustle and bustle. On face value it merely suggests a place of long security queues & cross questioning. But really deep down somewhere , an airport has a warm emotional heart that makes an impact on everyone walking through its door.
Airports have power to make you experience a whirlwind of clashing emotions. Often for instance, there is a tingling sensation I personally can’t help feeling whilst trudging along the large airport aisles. A sensation that makes my eyes widen in contemplation. Thoughts like, I am leaving a place I call home. Do I really need to leave though? I am so comfortable here with these people, I love the feeling I am feeling, I love the comfort I experience driving through familiar trees and breathing in the homely air. Maybe I should just stay a little longer.
Before I know it, along with these thoughts I complete everything I need to do and reach my gate. I sit down and wait for the call of boarding. While charging my phone my mind starts to wander down a new rabbit hole. I begin to reflect over this dynamic life of travel, I am so fortunate to be living. Really ,what an incredible process to be leaving uniquely charming places to arrive to other uniquely wonderful places miles and miles apart.
Somewhere I am leaving my comforting home that I hug million times in my head , and travelling with excitement to a different place, to different people, to a different neighborhood that I haven’t laid my eyes on for some time. I am excited to bask into the new experiences, new conversations and new routines. I begin to think that experiencing travel is maybe a source of my charge. Leaving homes for homes and diving into change is what drives the exuberance for life. Can’t help to think that this makes us passengers , passengers of a life full of milestones , destinations and adventures.
As I snap out of my own thoughts I look at the people sitting around. Everyone must have a story they are living. Everyone must have thoughts lingering or even racing at the back of their mind just like mine. They might be excited but also sad, looking forward to meeting new people but sad to leave others. Excited to embark on new journeys but also sad to complete the previous ones. Embracing changes confidently externally but still slowly accepting it internally.
Interesting to consider that while someone is ordering a McDonalds burger in an airport waiting for their boarding call they could be managing the clash of these emotions in their mind that no one else can see. Intriguing to imagine the different things that might be going on in the minds of different people all under the same roof of an airport.