Leave it all behind

You always hear clichés that you should trust your gut feeling, following your heart and blah blah . I’m turning 21 the next week and I realized that whatever I did during these years was normal stuff. Stuff that doesn’t make you feel alive. Always following a schedule. Study, eat, sleep, friends. The brain, a strong control freak wanting to have everything planned out. Everything seemed repetitive and monotonous until that day.
I get a call one morning from a friend. He  says: “I’m climbing the Himalayas next month!  Are you in or out?” Subconsciously I blurted out a Yes. Next thing I know is my brain freaking out. There can be no place for such randomness. How was I to manage my college, tests,  gym sessions and other stuff. It is not easy to just disappear off the grid for a fortnight just because your heart wants you to travel. You can’t just leave everything because that inner voice tells you to travel, right? There will come a time when everything will fall into place and you can travel without worrying about you boss or spouse or teacher or family or friends, right?
NO. Unfortunately you know it too. The time will never be perfect. You’ll either be too old or too young or too tired or too broke. I had a chance to try out a thing I always wanted. I trusted that the voice in me was strong enough to guide me through all the randomness. So today, I managed to schedule everything properly and I’m on my way to the Himalayas. Yes, a fifteen day break right in the middle of the working year. You never know what opportunities may open up once you trust your gut.
I’m currently on my way. Nothing is going as planned so far. There is so much randomness. I haven’t figured out where I’ll be staying tomorrow. I have the slightest idea where I’ll be eating my dinner tonight. I’m low on battery, without proper Internet access and can’t even pinpoint myself on a map. It’s 2 degrees and my fingers are freezing as I type every word. But there’s this adrenaline rush. For the first time in months I have nothing planned. This frenzy is amazing. I’m in love. In love with this chaos. After all life is a big bucket list and getting things done is the way, I believe, to truly make the most out of it.

Things to try when stuck at the airport.

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We’ve all been there. Stuck waiting for a flight that’s probably gonna make it to the airport ages later.You can only browse the Internet for so long  before you are bored out of your brains.I distinctly remember my trip from Singapore to India. I was at the Changi  International airport and after all the preliminary checks I found out that my flight was delayed by 5 hours. It was the middle of the night,my phone did not have enough juice to make it through the night and I was stuck wondering what to do. I always fear sleeping at the airport as I am a sound sleeper and would definitely wake up decades later wondering what happened to my flight. It was then,that I decided to look around and come up with activities which would help me cut through the night. After that delay and a few more(Yes ,I tend to get quite unlucky when I’m travelling) I found out ways to keep me preoccupied at the airport .Some of them are quite funny and be careful not to get into trouble..!

  1. Ride the transport in the terminal, but while sitting backwards.
  2. Try to enter into an ‘exit only’ gate.See what happens next.
  3. Find a mini theater if your airport has one.
  4. Get a map of the airport to and make it a point to check out all the attractions.
  5. Ask different people where they are off to.
  6. Play hide and seek or catch the thief with little kids in the waiting area.
  7. Check out the bookstore.Maybe for an hour if you love to read.
  8. Try collecting stray carts and put them in their positions. See how much change you can collect in an hour.
  9. Race someone on the walkway.
  10. Volunteer to help the airport staff. See how they respond.
  11. If there’s a football match being telecast , cheer every time a goal chance happens. Act like a sensitive,die hard fan of the game.
  12. Make friends with strangers, talk about your life and theirs.People love to talk.
  13. See the planes land and take off through a rooftop garden if any.
  14. Ask the restaurants if they have special plane food.
  15. Observe different types of people.
  16. Checkout the airport gym.
  17. Stand at arrivals and see people uniting with their families.
  18. Try window shopping.
  19. Stand with a map and guide people who are lost.
  20. Halfway through the escalator act as if you forgot something,then walk it backwards.
  21. Try to check in last. Although this has disadvantages but if your timing is right you could ask for an upgrade and get it for free if you’re lucky.
  22. Visit the executive lounge. Chances are that you might find your favorite celebrity hanging around.
  23. Get your devices all charged up.You may need them on the plane if there’s no TV.
  24. Thank the airport staff. Among all the rude people they encounter ,It may mean a lot to them Their smiles will make your day.
  25. Lastly, never ever sleep or get drunk while waiting for your flight. We all know the bad consequences that follow.

Be sure to try some of them the next time you are stuck at an airport.Happy traveling!