While travelling during Christmas, I sat next to a man who was trying to make it to his connecting flight. In fact, most of us were. As fate would have it, the weather wasn’t trying to cooperate. He needed to catch his flight in Philadelphia and make it to Florida to catch his ship. We were sitting a seat apart. I was in seat C and he was in seat A. When they announced our flight would be delayed, we hadn’t left the terminal. They hadn’t moved the walkway. The pilot, in no uncertain terms told us we might be delayed for more than an hour. All of us groaned – except the family headed to Bermuda for Christmas. The crew on our flight was the crew for the Bermuda flight as well. So – no worries there – they weren’t going to miss their plane.
While I sat there, the man next to me made calls. He called his friend – who happened to be in Boston and was pretty much in the same predicament. Delayed. He called the airline to see if he could get a workaround for the flight. No haps. But I know he said he needed to be there by a certain time. We’ll say 2pm. While it was 8am, we were still sitting at 9am. A missed connecting flight and you never know when the next one will be.
I asked him – where are you sailing to? I was wondering since it was two days before Christmas, was he headed on a family trip? A private boat? A special cruise? Neither. He was trying to catch a tank liner and sail out to sea with them. He would be gone for three months. You see, he’s a marine engineer and was headed out to study the way the ships operated. First hand experience at the mercy of the crew.
All I know is that he knew they weren’t planning to wait for him. So even though that was December 23 – 17 days ago, I’m still thinking about him. I wonder if he managed to make it. When the plane landed in Philly I wished him luck and prayed he would get to his connecting flight and make his way.
I thought about him as I was wondering the same thing – wondering did I miss MY boat? Am I really THAT late?
It’s difficult sometimes when you’re not where you want to be. Maybe you missed out on a job offer or opportunity. Maybe you made the wrong decision and lost big. Maybe you are seeking something you can’t quite hold in your hands. I know for me, it’s the things I can’t quite hold in my hands. It’s also that moment when you look at how others are doing and we wonder – what am I doing wrong? Is it me? Or is it that it’s not part of the plan for me? Am I not working hard enough? Smart enough? Then to make it all worse, finally, you’ll (read I) will wonder – am I good enough?
It’s not difficult to take those moments and wonder – did I miss the boat? Was I supposed to be at a connecting flight and didn’t get there?
I don’t normally write in real time, but maybe I should. I don’t have a lesson here… just to share with you that even when you think someone might have it together, they’re wondering if they are on the right track, on time.
Maybe my flight companion made the boat that day. I’m hoping he did. I’m thinking I’m at least close enough to the dock that I might be able to make an official run for it and still make it.
But what happens if I did miss it? Right now, I don’t know. I believe that’s where overall strategy comes in.
I hope to have the answers for it soon. I’ll still keep you posted.
Sending you love and a light-filled weekend.