There’s a storm a coming…and its name is Irene. I would know, as my mom’s flight from Israel has been cancelled and she is now a day behind in travels. Needless to say, it has been stressful here in the states trying to help her find a new flight (not to mention, expensive) and she’s been in a shambles from all the sleep deprivation and jet lag. It dawned on me this morning that heck, it is really hard to find happiness in an airport, let alone in flight. Yet because so many of us fly on at least a yearly basis, I thought I should cover the topic. Why not be happy when you’re high up? (Not like that…)
For some people, flying is no big deal. Yet for others, it is nearly a death sentence. My mom can be one of those people—feeling claustrophobic in cramped quarters. I can get the same way. So here are some Sunny Suggestions to make your time in the sky a sunny time.
1. Bring music: See your flight as a time for yourself. I love to just zone out and listen to my favorite songs in flight—you might even be able to drift off to sleep. Listen to some peaceful songs or songs that bring back happy memories for you. Music is perfect for reliving great moments.
2. Keep your brain busy: Whether you’re reading or playing Sudoku, it can help keep your mind distracted. Catch up on the books you’ve been eying and have some fun with activities you wouldn’t normally do, like crossword puzzles.
3. Take medication: Now, let me explain. I’m not suggesting you pull a stunt like the one in Bridesmaids, but I’m not against taking some Advil or even half of an Ambien if it’s going to be a long, overnight flight. Let’s get real here, plane seats aren’t the most comfortable and you might as well try and make yourself as comfortable as possible. Be smart though—be smart.
4. Write letters: My friends have done this for me in the past and I love it. Write to people in flight—you can mail the letters once you land. Let your family, your friends, or your love know how much they mean to you but writing them a letter. It’s a great way to fill time, just as any journal writing does. I love writing before going on an adventure—so much excitement and anticipation.
5. Know the facts: The media loves to emphasize the sensational. You may think it’s more likely that you’ll be in a plane crash just because you see that making the news. But the truth is, it is a one in 9.4 million chance that you could be a plane crash, according to OAG Aviation. So hop on that plane and see the places of this world that you are dying to see.
Flying is not always easy. Flights can get delayed, even cancelled, and we’ve all been in our turbulent rides. But even so, who says you can’t still be happy? Keep yourself busy and the hours will FLY by.
Today, my boyfriend is flying in from Cambridge after nine weeks of being apart and my mom, who was supposed to land this afternoon, is supposed to arrive at 6:30 in the morning tomorrow. I am praying for their safe return—and that they can find happiness in flight!
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook