An Extraordinary Sunday and Flying Like A Normal Person
Getting up at 7am on a Sunday isn’t normal for me, never has been, but this wouldn’t be a normal Sunday---It was totally necessary and imperative in keeping this day in line. I started out like any other Sunday, aside from the time---cooking breakfast, non-weighted strength training exercises, writing, and drinking coffee. Every single thing had a purpose and a time frame, with one common goal: Get me on a plane to New Orleans this evening at 6:15pm!
I’ve needed a little getaway for months and when the opportunity presented itself yesterday, well---I had to act quickly. What takes me to the bayou? A blogging friend is there. Wait a second---let me explain a little further…
Kenz from www.alltheweigh.com started reading my blog some time ago from her apartment in New York City. I visited her blog too and discovered that we’re both successful weight loss bloggers. We both eventually read each others blogs a little deeper and discovered much more than that common connection.
She enjoyed reading about my trips to Stillwater, my hometown---because that’s where she spent her formative years. When I talk about Charlie’s Chicken or Braum’s---or my experiences anywhere in Stillwater, she relates completely. We attended the same junior high and high school, had the some of the same teachers. And when I posted photos of my little brother Shane---she couldn’t believe it. There he was! The kid she once shared cookies with at lunch while attending Stillwater High School. Kenz was a peer advocate in Shane’s special needs class. Wow---she knew my brother Shane! As the song “It’s a Small World” played in my head, I decided that I had to be friends with this blogger named Kenz.
Kenz felt the same way---and when she decided to fly down to the bayou to visit her mom and step-dad (bringing her much closer than the usual NYC distance), we just knew we had to find a way to get together. So there you go---that’s why I’m flying down to the Gulf, in bayou country, Cajun country---I’ve never been there ever…and I’ll admit, images of the movie Water Boy are flashing through my mind. I love it! Let’s go!
I haven’t been on a jet in years. When I did---it was seat-belt extenders and anxiety about a million different issues. What if it’s a sold out flight? Will the people next to me be miserable? Will I get charged for an extra seat? How bad will the armrest hurt as it digs into my side? Will I fit at all without stealing some of the seat from the person next to me? If I had to use the bathroom, could I get in and out of the tiny closet sized room? I was looking forward to a very different experience this evening.
With the blessing of my daughters and my dear mother, I headed for the airport with an excitement I haven’t felt in years. It’s that, “we’re going someplace we’ve never been” kind of excitement. And as I drove, I realized---this is the same kind of excitement I’m enjoying everyday along this road away from morbid obesity. So many elements of my day to day activities are directly, positively, and permanently changed because of my weight loss success. I feel like I’m going someplace I’ve never been----pretty much everyday. It’s a great way to live, my friend, it really is nice.
When I think about the significance of this evening’s flight---I can’t help but be a little emotional. Both flights were absolutely packed, and the OKC to Dallas flight found me in the middle seat. The middle seat! I would have been so horrified at 505, it wouldn’t have been possible! I had zero issues this evening. None. And instead of searching my soul for the words to describe this wonderful freedom---I’ll just let the pictures speak.
Thank you for reading. Good night and…
Tray down, middle seat, between two people---not touching them at all…total comfort…strapped in and feeling so perfectly normal.
Not only did I not need a seatbelt extension---I still had eight or nine inches of spare seatbelt!!!
Inside the tiny little bathroom on the plane. I didn’t really have to go---I just wanted to fit inside…I couldn’t help but smile!!
With Kenz from www.alltheweigh.com Small world, huh?