Over the last month Ryan has been on 10 flights and he has crossed 10 time zones. He's been through airport security six times and he earned his first passport stamp. He's been to an island in the Pacific and in the Atlantic, as well as a town in the Deep South.
As we wrap up our month of travel, I'm feeling like a renewed person with an increased level of awareness and a fresh set of values. And despite everything I've accomplished in life so far, I'm starting to feel like flying alone, almost six months pregnant with a 17-month old, is one of my greatest life achievements ;)
Here are 10 things I've recently learned from flying with Ryan.
- Kindness is contagious, if one person is helpful or considerate it often inspires others to be the same way.
- If someone offers you help, accept it, graciously.
- There are nice people and mean people, and happy people and grumpy people, and they aren't always who you expect them to be, so give everyone a chance.
- Cute, friendly kids are irresistible (and they can sometimes have a surprisingly, positive effect on grumpy people). Don't underestimate the value of a good outfit and don't discourage a child from being kind to strangers.
- Life is too short to be offended or hurt by the people who react to you negatively, and anyway, you will probably never see them ever again.
- The easiest flight is the one where the child sleeps, so that should be the goal.
- A distraction, snack or change of scenery is almost always a sure way to improve a child's mood.
- Most of the things that happen are out of your control.
- Sometimes the only thing you can do is stay calm, give yourself a break, and remember that this too will pass.
- If life is nothing else it is a lesson in patience.