P.S. I Love Airports!
P.S. I Love Airports!
I have a confession to make, I love Airports. Not just because I love to travel, and the airport is the facilitator of that. Not just because there is this excitement of an impending journey and the expectation of another adventure. But most prominently because I love the idea of Airports, I love what all they are and all that they represent.
I love the fact that this one establishment can connect us to nearly every country on the planet, and can take us to the people we love and the places that we call our home. They remind us how easy it is to travel, to be wanderlust-obsessed, and to stay connected forever.
The fact that there are limitless planes heading to limitless corners of the planet makes me realize that within a short span of time, I can be just about anywhere I want. Also to be noted, wherever in the world, I’ll be heading to, it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s somewhere familiar or somewhere completely new. What matters is that it’s somewhere other than where I am.
Whenever I’m at an airport, I’m aware that I’m about to embark on another promising adventure. And the anticipation is palpable, not only from my own contained joy and excitement but also from the thousands of other people within my close proximity, who are traveling to different corners of the globe for all kinds of reasons.
Apparently, airports are a cultural and global melting pot, which showcase a vast complexity of the world’s uniqueness. They can be called as a cultural mecca representing each city and culture. They bring people from all walks of life together, onto a magnificently large aircraft which takes them together, soaring through clouds and over oceans, eventually to their ultimate common destination.
Airports are undoubtedly a beautiful intersection of joy, love, and family. You must have heard this quote: “Airports see more sincere kisses and hugs than wedding halls”. This is so very true and perceptible. There’s nothing quite like watching the arrival & departure gates and perceiving the emotions of people reuniting with their loved ones after a long time or when they are sending them off, respectively.
Be it the heart-warming reunions or the heart-breaking emotional farewells, be it the anxiety of some travelers or the excitement of others, we catch the sight of every conceivable emotion happening in this very special place where feelings are trapped with no way out, just like we are.
Even after being a frequent flyer, flying still remains a wonder to me. Every take-off and every landing. Gazing out of the window in amazement, to see the clouds float by, or to enjoy a sunrise or sunset or even moonlight, is what gives me sheer happiness.
Moreover, whenever I have a flight, the first and foremost thing for me to is to do check-in prior to departure just to ensure myself a window seat. I prefer arriving at the airport, hours before I really need to, for having ample time for my pastimes, like people-watching, phone conversations with loved ones, duty-free shopping, and espying the landings and take-offs. And who knows, I might bump into my favorite idols too.
Next time, if you are stuck at the departure gate, perhaps after yet another delay, move around and appreciate the bizarre and exciting world of the Airport.
It’s an undeniable fact that “All human life can be found in an Airport”.