Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wishcasting Wednesday -Leaving on a Jet Plane

Every Wednesday, the ever-wise Jamie Ridler encourages us to stretch our wings by casting our wishes out into the universe. This week, she asks, "What do you wish to embrace?" Finding my answer to this question was quite a journey:



All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go . . .or maybe not. We leave tomorrow for a nine day trip to visit the in-laws for Thanksgiving. My list of things to do before we leave keeps getting longer rather than shorter. Now, I am a seasoned traveller. I moved overseas when I was three years old. I travelled between various Latin American countries and the United States for twelve years. I did the Europe thing as a teenager, and I travelled back and forth between Texas and Alaska for years. This trip, however, is about to put me over the freaking edge.

I remember back in the 70's when travelling was quite glamorous. People got dressed up to fly on a plane. They fed you real food on real dishes with real silverware. The back of the plane, aka the smoking section, resembled a cocktail lounge rather than a plane. People stood around drinking cocktails and chain smoking and making new best friends.

Fast forward 30 years. Travelling is just a hassle. Forget the fact that you better pack your own food if you want to eat, but don't you dare try to bring your own beverage. You have to practically strip to get through the metal detectors. Forget about wearing your cute shoes because they are too hard to slip on and off to get through security. Oh, you also have practically unpack your carry-on to display any liquids you might have, and god forbid you should leave your laptop in its bag. You consider not taking a carry-on to avoid the hassle, but then you have to pay to check your bag. No wonder people are so surly by the time they get on the plane. Still, at the end of it all, you arrive at someplace new and exciting with adventures waiting.

With all of the hassle, a husband who hates to fly, and a surprisingly independent and spirited four year old, I'm almost tempted to just stay put. Now, instead of just packing a bag and jetting off in to the wild blue, I have to pack enough activities to occupy my two "children", I have to take the dog to the vet, get the mail held at the post office, arrange for someone to check on the house, empty the fridge of any potential science experiences, and on and on and on.

Travelling is a lot like life sometimes. When we are young and want change, it is exciting and glamorous and relatively easy. We dye our hair black, get a few piercings, buy some different clothes and totally change our identities. As we get older, changing and growing and transforming become more of a hassle. They involve a hell of a lot more baggage. Our friends who encouraged our younger transformations suddenly resemble a hostile TSA agent: "You can't do that, you can't wear that, please come with me . . ."

Still, the after all the hassle, we wind up someplace new and exciting with adventures awaiting.

So this week, I wish to embrace the often infuriating, always frustrating process of getting from here to there. I wish to embrace the journey with all of its messiness.

How 'bout you? What do you wish to embrace this week?

14 comments:

  1. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her as well. :)

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  2. As lovely travelling Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

    I always loved that song!
    Have a nice trip!

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  3. Love the correlation between travel and growing, especially the image of friends as TSA agents!

    As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

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  4. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also! Happy traveling!

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  5. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
    Wish to have chance to fly more for vacation :p

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  6. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. May your journey be safe and hassle free.

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  7. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her as well. As you will it, so may it be!

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  8. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
    May all your wishes be fulfilled! May your holidays be as you wish!

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  9. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for myself. May it be. Have a nice trip.

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  10. Hi Stefanie,

    Yes, the old days of airplane travel were so easy. I wish for you to embrace life and its messiness. I like that. The messiness sometimes becomes the most memorable part of any trip, even a life one! Enjoy your vacation. Giulietta

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  11. that was a great piece of travel writing

    so as you wish, I also wish for you

    and have one wow of a time

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  12. That was an inspiring post, Stefanie. Thanks so much for sharing.

    As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also, and for all of us.

    -TimK

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  13. As Stefanie wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Have a lovely time. :)

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  14. As Stefanie wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

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