Have you ever had one of those weeks in which very little goes right? I don’t often complain about ‘the little things’ because I feel lucky that life is generally pretty wonderful, but today I need to vent a little.
I extended my trip for a few extra days, and now I’m thinking that maybe I should have headed home as scheduled. It was important to me to stay for a few specific reasons, but nothing really worked out as planned. My sister and niece, the biggest reason for my extended stay, both became sick the morning I was originally scheduled to leave so it was tough to do anything with them. There was another work-related reason for staying, but it didn’t pan out either. And I missed my flight…which just stinks.
For the next 9 hours (okay, 8 or so because I’ve been here for over an hour already) I’ll be stuck in the airport. It’s certainly not the worst thing that could happen to me, but it’s far from ideal. My step dad, who dropped me off, would have been more than happy to turn around and pick me up. But he’s sick…he was miserable on the long drive to the airport this morning, and I just could not be selfish enough to ask him to come back only to do it all over later today.
So I’m going to search my heart and mind for some positives and focus on those. I often say that life is what we make it. Now it’s time for me to prove to myself that I can make it extraordinary even in circumstances that are not perfect.
Here’s a list of a few positives I’ve come up with since I started this post.
– I’m on stand-by for a flight that is far from full later today. That’s much better than being on stand-by for a full flight or learning that there were no later flights available today.
– I found a nice place to sit. I’m at a corner table where my laptop is plugged in so I don’t have to worry about battery life for my computer or iPhone. The manager of the terminal, Chauncey, said no one would bother me here, and that I’m welcome to stay as long as I need to stay. Thank you, Chauncey.
– The seat I’m sitting in right now has arms, and last year I would not have been comfortable at all. This year, I fit comfortably in the chair. I will not have bruises on my sides, and I don’t have to sit forward on the chair because I don’t fit. This, my friends, is a novelty that will not wear off soon.
– The airline will let me check my bags at 2pm. That feels like ages from now, but it’s much better than lugging my bags around until 6pm. At that time, I’ll consider taking a cab to Michael’s or the mall to kill some time. Shopping is the second best way I can think of to spend my time. 🙂
– The people working here have been extremely nice to me. They’ve been encouraging and sympathetic so they’re not pressuring me to leave (even if Chauncey wasn’t in my corner.)
– I was able to find a healthy meal option. I needed to eat something, and I’ll likely need to eat again before I leave. Right now, I am having a salad with no dressing just marinated shrimp. The heavily marinated shrimp may keep me from weighing in or from liking what I see on the scale temporarily, but it’s a very healthy option. And I’m happy to have found one in an airport full of fried seafood, gumbo and other tasty (but not so healthy) foods.
– I have my Nook (Barnes & Noble e-reader) and a copy of the new novella from the Twilight series, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Eclipse is my favorite book of the series, and I’m seeing a pre-screening of it Tuesday night at midnight. I can’t wait! 🙂
– It’s happening on my way home. I’m anxious to get back to the people I’ve missed in New York, but I don’t have to leave New York in one week. I have all the time in the world to spend with them and enjoy them. I’d rather lose a day going home than lose the first day of a short trip. My next flight is in late July. I think I’ll try to be on time for that one. 🙂
– I have knitting needles in my suitcase. Last night, I completed my first bootie ever. I knitted the whole thing by myself with instruction from my awesome friend and neighbor, Steff, and now I’m going to do some more work on my niece’s scarf. I could use some uninterrupted time to get comfortable with the small knitting needles so I’ll take advantage of the time I have soon.
Posts like this one is why blogging is so important to me. I’ve taken a few minutes to whine and complain (thanks for listening.) And now I’ve found many, many reasons to be happy. It could be better, but it’s really not so bad.
I have the power to make the best of my circumstances whatever they are. And I am choosing today to look at the bright side because the situation will play out the same regardless, and stressing out and/or worrying will only make things harder on myself.
In the last year, I’ve worked on becoming a higher-maintenance girl who does not make unhealthy food choices just because they’re easier. And I’ve often wished that I could be an even-keeled girl who is not controlled by wild emotions or my circumstances. And today, though I stressed for a few minutes I have proven to myself that I am that girl.