January 30, 2006

Wisdom from Passenger in 13A

I have been doing a lot of flying lately, unfortunately I have not been in the cockpit but a passenger on commercial flights. Though I should not complain as I have been lucky to visit places like London, England and Buenos Aires, Argentina. But it was on a short flight from Indianapolis to Chicago that I had the pleasure of sitting next to an elderly gentleman who shared his wisdom from seat 13A.

It was a small commuter flight and I was bummed to be walking towards seat 13B not only because I would not have a window but because I was to be seated next to the lavatory. When I arrived my neighbor for the flight smiled and asked how I was doing today and that started up a very interesting conversation and my frustrations were quickly forgotten.

The gentleman mentioned he was enroute to Seattle which got us talking about travelling. He told me one of his favorite things in life is travelling and seeing places he has never seen before and doing things he had never done before. He looked me in the eye and said "You don't know how much time you have in life so you got to get out and see the world while you can." He expressed how important it is to do it when you are young and able as it gets much harder to travel as the body ages.

He also told me a lot about his family and how he had outlived all of his brothers and sisters and that he was sad that many of them did not go out and do what they loved to do or fulfill their dreams like he did. It was neat that he shared his wisdom through conversation and sharing life experiences and did not try to push his thoughts down my throat. It was not a revolutionary idea but it was great to see someone who was so proud of living his life to the most.

I think I was moved by our conversation so much because I had just finished reading No Opportunity Wasted by Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race. The book aims to inspire people to seek out memorable experiences, follow their dreams, and live a fuller life, something I am a big proponent of.

I sought out my life long dream of learning to fly and am thankful every day that I did. I tell anyone who dreamed of learning to fly to not waste time and start taking some lessons. I am working on my list as the book suggests of other dreams to fulfill, experiences to enjoy and fears to conquer, cause as the passenger in 13A said "You don't know how much time you have in life".

Posted by at January 30, 2006 8:08 PM

I agree that time is a precious resource. I am also inspired by those that not only consider the accumulation of memorable experiences or following one's dreams as some of the most effective uses of time, but the idea that giving time to others, or developing one's "interior" life are equal to or even more important ways to spend time... my 2 cents!

Posted by: Jeff Boron at February 14, 2006 3:30 PM