One thing I love about living in the late 20th and early 21st century is the ability to travel all over the planet. The summer before last, I visited 9 countries in 3 months. Of the 24 flights I took, only one was delayed (by an hour) and all of my things arrived safely, even my (then) boyfriend's $50,000 worth of Japanese samurai swords and his cat (which we hid under my seat).
This week I easily departed DC right after the "ice catastrophe" storm. It was a cloudy departure the day after the storm, but only for a moment.
One thing I love about flying on cloudy days is the miracle of ascending above the clouds. It can be raining, sleeting, snowing on the tarmac and if they let your plane take flight..within 15 minutes you're flying in the sun.
I often ask myself, why is it so hard to remember that it's always sunny above the clouds? Clouds can be noisy and create all kinds of precipitation, but if you can get up over them...it's clear and beautiful.
When things aren't going quite right...like when I'm making beet juice and the lid isn't on correctly (you should see beet juice fly) or larger problems (stomach flu, sick friends, etc)... I remind myself of the airplane.
Today was trying to find someone to take me up in a charter plane to rise above the clouds so I could see the Northern Lights tonight. They're supposed to be extraordinary, but it's cloudy and snowing in Fairbanks tonight. That's ok. I'll sleep well tonight knowing there is a celestial extravaganza happening just a few thousand feet above my head. I do not have to see it to know it's there.
Sarah Federman, PhD
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