Isn’t it amazing, nay a bit mind blowing, what chances life allows us to come into contact with. Myself being miserable from leaving a lovely home and city to return to well….if you’ve been to Mansfield you’ll know what a come down it is but even though I was a fairly grumpy chap, slouching in my seat – the ultimate show of defiance – I ended up being happy that I was on that particular flight rather than another one going the same way.
Coming back from New York, I was quartered next to a lady whom I shall keep anonymous at her own request, who was reading and annotating a book, which of course made me nosy into what it was. Even the foreign language didn’t stop me trying to work out what country it was from and attempt to read it with a woeful accent in my head and we all do it so don’t kid yourselves otherwise.
Imagine fate throws two English people together, they find out through the medium of conversation that they are the same age, have been away from home for the same length of time, almost the same dates as well and have been on the same coast of America and are now on the same flight back, not to mention they are in the only bank of seats containing the one vacant chair on the aircraft.
Now consider, if you will, that in the course of talking, your humble, yet heroic (and noble) chronicler happens to listen and help said companion with a major life decision (again at the request of my flying friend, she wishes it to not be mentioned…sorry!) and as proof of said endeavour I have this quote “You have turned my life around, both literally and metaphorically”.
Words to make a man feel proud indeed. Now let me tell you, not only is it an amazing notion but a massively mammoth feeling of awesomeness when you realise what has transpired between the two of you during that conversation. Just by talking you can effect the whole course of someone’s life. I hope the Middle East are listening,
Maybe that sounds a tad over dramatic but the vibe I got was that she truly was going to go for it. I have no idea what will become of the lady in question, for she did not mention exchanging email addresses but I think it’s moot really. Although I hope she will continue on her truly magical quest, all I can wish for is that she remembers me fondly sometimes as ‘that nice bloke on the plane that listened’.
As a self confessed hermit who rarely leaves his town, if it can happen to me then there must be plenty of these experiences out there for everyone. Although I’m someone who is not particularly confident or self assured with new people I would now always recommend chatting to your neighbour on a plane, you never know who you may meet and to what avenues of thought you may find yourself entwined in….
When it comes to it, we have no idea when these sorts of things will happen and what form they will take, where or when. Yet these things await all of us in life and we never really know where we will end up being or indeed going, I find that thought scary but at the same time insanely exhilarating.