Sometimes good things just happen, and yesterday was definitely one of those days though it didn’t seem like it would be in the beginning. My friend, Char, picked me up to take me to the airport early afternoon. And between my leisurely packing and traffic, I was really late! Passengers were already boarding when I checked in, and the security lines were long. There would be no pre-boarding and discreetly asking for a seat belt extension, but I accepted that because I really did not want to miss my flight.
After getting through security I immediately heard the last boarding call for my flight which was at the opposite end of the terminal. Opposite, as in, the very last gate! I decided that I had nothing to lose so I ran for it. I can’t remember a time in which I’ve run so hard for such a long distance, but I did it. Though I’m sure I looked like I was lightly jogging to others, I felt like my legs were on fire. And I made it! They literally closed the door right behind me, and I was able to take my seat.
Speaking of my seat…I was in the middle of the front row. Really?! This would have encouraged a panic attack in my mind last year, but yesterday it wasn’t bad at all. I had plenty of room even though the arms did not move, and I was even able to enter and exit the lavatory without struggling to fit. Sorry if that’s too much info, but it’s a huge accomplishment in my world! I couldn’t have done it at this time last year!
When I took my seat I politely asked for a seat belt extension, and I received it in a not-so-discreet way. (But hey…I’ve made amazing progress so it didn’t bother me much.) After getting comfortable (yes, comfortable) in my seat I realized that the woman sitting next to me looked quite familiar. We figured out that we attended school together – small world. We chatted about our mutual friends, goals, where we live now, etc.
After chatting for a while my friend mentioned that she didn’t think I needed the seat belt extension. Though I knew I’d still need it for a few more months I decided to see how close it was, but guess what…it buckled! 🙂 There are no words to express the feelings of excitement and determination that charged through my body when I realized that I will not need to ask for an extension on the way home.
Yesterday’s flight was easily the best flight ever. I’m looking forward to several trips before the end of the year, and I feel as though a burden has been lifted.
- When you think you’re leaving early enough to arrive at JFK, leave earlier. 😉
- And on days in which you’re struggling stay focused on the fact that these seemingly small points of progress can turn into huge, life-changing successes.
The confidence I have in myself and my body’s abilities are growing as my body shrinks. I’m still learning to trust my legs to carry me, but there’s no way I’m willing to give up these feelings of self-satisfaction, accomplishment and pure happiness. It feels so good, and I know it’s only going to get better.
I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend. Today was an extraordinary day for me, but tomorrow is going to leave today and yesterday in the dust. I am so utterly thankful for the life I have and the people in it. Just saying.