Coming home from a fun weekend in New York took a bit longer than planned for Adam and me.
What should have been a brainless 100-minute flight turned into 24 hours of flight after flight being delayed, delayed, canceled, rebooked, canceled, rebooked, rebooked, and delayed. Did you follow all of that?
Travel troubles make most people very cranky, and I don’t think there’s enough money in the world you could pay me to work as an airline customer service representative. Oh, the horror!
But lately, I’ve been consciously trying to be present in every moment and to be grateful for everything. So, I made up my mind to be okay with our flight being canceled and all the trouble that caused.
Instead of being sulky, frustrated, and angry, I decided to make the most of our situation. We were stuck in New York, frowny face, became, WE ARE STUCK IN NEW YORK, happy face! The city that never sleeps! And yet, we can sleep if we want to!
So, we started off our extra evening by enjoying delicious burgers at a kosher restaurant. Then, I remembered Broadway. Many shows are “dark” on Monday nights but some weren’t, so I called the theater. It was 6 p.m. and The Phantom of the Opera was playing at 8 p.m. with tickets available. I snagged them.
After an amazing show, we took the opportunity to, together with our cousins and wonderful hosts, watch history being made on TV with Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. We went to bed, slept ’til 9 a.m. (a rare luxury for me), and took a nice walk to a diner for brunch.
I’ll never be able to explain why our rebooked flight had us flying from Newark to Minneapolis and then to O’Hare, but it did. We didn’t have enough of a layover for us to leave the airport and visit Adam’s Minnesota family, unfortunately, but we did have time for me to grab my favorite hot chocolate from Caribou Coffee (the closest location to Chicago is more than 50 miles away!).
And we made it home safely.
I keep thinking of how many things COULD have gone wrong. But for the most part, it worked out okay. Mostly because I decided that it would be.
Please join in with me — and help remind me when I need to be reminded — that life is going to happen as it happens, but it’s much more enjoyable when you look on the bright side and make lemonade out of life’s lemons.