Twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday, I make my way across Orlando. I take a 30 minute trek down the highway to commute to my major specific campus.
As I make my way down the 528, I pass by the Orlando International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation. The other day as I sat in a gridlock, I watched as a few planes took off and landed right above my head.
As I sat in traffic and tried to mentally juggle what assignments I needed to complete over the weekend and thinking of what items I needed to buy from the grocery store, I stopped and imagined the passengers on the planes above me.
I imagined a family flying in to go to Walt Disney World for the first time. I imagined a group of professionals flying in to attend the latest conference and trade shows. I imagined a businessman or woman on their way home to be reunited with their family after time spent away on a business trip. And then of course, because I am a die hard romantic, I imagine a guy on a flight to meet the girl of his dreams and profess his love in the kind of grand gesture that novels are made of.
Driving past the airport everyday, and seeing these planes carrying passengers all around the world, makes my problems and my stressors seem a little less important.
In the grand scheme of things, the grand scheme of life, I am just one person. I am just one life in the midst of billions. Each and every single person on this earth is just as important as the next, but me stressing over losing two points on a homework assignment is not the end of the world.
That guy didn’t text me back? Well, the world keeps spinning. No matter how drastic or hectic things may get in my life, those planes keep carrying thousands of people across the globe on adventures of their own.
My world may seem like it’s ending in that moment, but that homework assignment, that missed call, while it may be disappointing, it’s not the end of life as I know it.
Too often in life, we can get wrapped up in stressing over the little things in life, prioritizing the wrong things and missing out on the greater things in life.
Life is the worlds greatest gift, and it isn’t a guarantee. Cherish every moment, every breath you take on this earth.
Take the time to stop and smell the flowers, share a laugh with a friend, and tell someone that you love them and they are important to you.
Appreciate this gift that was given to you and never take it for granted.