I watched the most charming video this week. It is the story of two elderly women from the Netherland who got the chance to fly in an airplane for the first time in their lives. I was expecting something fun, yet was surprised to actually find myself crying part way through the video, because it struck a deep chord within me. Please watch it, and then let’s meet back on the other side to chat a little bit about it.
The thing that struck me most about this story was the joy of their experience. The fear and anxiety, the decision to give it a shot– and then the pure delight of discovering that they could sail high above the earth and land in another world altogether, in just a matter of minutes.
How many flights have I taken in my lifetime? Dozens– at least eight per year in high school alone. How many new countries have I visited? Twelve in the last four years alone. I never want to take travel for granted. I know that it’s a way of life for lots of people these days, but it is still absolutely amazing to be able to do it. To show up in another land, just for the fun of checking it out. It’s borderline miraculous, really!
I wonder about so many things that seem normal to me, that would have been impossible for other people not long ago. For me, it did seem impossible not very many years ago, that we could pick up and move to Europe and live well here. That my husband could lose his job in Germany a few short months later, for us to land back in the States, and yet make it back over here– all in one year. (You can read about our expat story here.) Scary, exhilarating, amazing. And I never want to lose my sense of wonder over this incredible and beautiful and fascinating world we live in, or the simple fact that I am alive. I want to take every chance I get to really live, and to notice and experience all that is around me.
This short, sweet video story reminded me of all of that, I had to share it with you.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do, that scares and thrills you? Do you have a “bucket list?”