This picture embodies so much to me. Taking night flights is pretty rare for me. They’ve always seemed to be a little more dangerous. It’s uncomfortable not being able to see everything as I do during the day time. Day flying and night flying are different but each has their unique benefits.
What I love about flying during the day is the ability to see everything in miniature form. Life appears to be moving along at a reasonable speed. Cars are going to their destinations. You can’t perceive stress or hear any impatient horns honking. You are a witness to the beauty and mediocrity of the daily life. The commonality of people trying to get to some sort of destination. Everyone branches off to their own personal terminus: doctor, school, meeting, store, etc. I can easily recognize and sympathize with the people I share the world with below. The roads are all carefully planned to get people from Point A to Point B (although sometimes you do wonder what the road planning commission was thinking about)! It’s comforting to witness the mostly well-organized world from above.
After learning to fly, there began a unique bond with the world below and a fascination with the sky above. I appreciate the cloud formations, the winds, the temperature, etc. much more now than ever. People probably think I’m nuts when I can stop mid-thought, mid-sentence and point out an interesting cloud above.
At night, the view changes. The colors transition. The radios get quiet. The busyness below is no longer visible. Each time, I realize I’m in a unique position that not many get to experience. And I’m so grateful. My mind quiets. Turning off the bluetooth music streaming into my headset, I just gaze in amazement at the beauty surrounding me. I’m transported to a different place. Getting closer to my final destination, I begin to grow agitated that my moment in this calm is coming to an end. Planning my next night flight becomes an immediate priority. When can I get back out here again? I need to find more time to do this! Pulling out my calendar, I contemplate throwing it out of the plane as my busy schedule stares me in the face. Limited time. Deciding to enjoy the last 5-10 minutes, focusing on right now and forgetting about tomorrow becomes a choice. Enjoying the moment is so hard to do in our busy lives. We can get lost in scheduling. We all need to decide to find a place or a time where we can forget about everything else and just be.
Not everyone can hop in their own plane. I believe everyone does have something that can allow a few minutes of calm and peace. Try not to think about what you have going on tomorrow or the rest of week. Enjoy the moments when we can sit still and marvel at what’s around us. Whether it’s the beauty of the outside world or the beauty of the home you’ve created. Consider it a necessity.
“When we slow down, amazing things happen.” -Panache Desai