“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain
Airplanes are a great place for learning life lessons. Possibly, the most important is the oxygen mask rule. Always attach your own oh-so-stylish apparatus before trying to help anyone else because no-one can appreciate you when you’ve passed out, (or you look better than they do in a crisis). So, no matter how smurf-like the child next to you becomes, look after yourself first.
Other ‘everything I ever needed to know I learned on an airplane‘ rules are:
1) Your son’s school backpack may explode like a parachute when you open it, but you will THUD if you try to use it as a parachute.
- Jump (into life or for joy) but double check you can land safely – risk assessment people!
- Things and people aren’t always what they seem.
- No-one should open a child’s backpack without first attaching an oxygen mask.
2) It’s not that life is short, it’s just that death is so long. – Scottish proverb
- We are all in this boat together – do unto others and all that.
- The pilot doesn’t want to die anymore than you do (a gem from mum). Trust those around you, (especially the experienced ones), to help you when you need it.
- An unwashed, loud seat mate on a trans atlantic flight will make time feel longer than death, but there’s no assigned seating in life; if you don’t like where you are or who you’re next to…move.
- You can always learn from others, even if you don’t speak the same language
- Just because you don’t understand someone, doesn’t mean they are wrong and you are right
- Be like the Queen…when it comes to bathroom breaks, never miss an opportunity (another mum-ism)
So…it has come to this !
Backpacks on – check. Bathroom break – check. Being flowerish – check. 3,2,1…lift off!
Rating: Buy flowers day (7 out of 10)
- Itchy feet – 3 out of 5 (I have a small aversion to spending $ on things I know will die in about a week-death is so long after all. It is better to get them on someone else’s dime.)
- Twitch – yep
- Happy hour – 4 out of 5 (Opening my eyes to flowers really is one of the best ways to start the day)
What the heck does all that mean, you ask? Read Itchy Feet Explained.
Tomorrow: Create a comfort station. Use the calendar to view my happiness tasks for each day along with a brief description of the task and why I chose it.
- 19 Facts About Daffodils (ndjmom.wordpress.com) Check out fact #18 !!!