Call me crazy but I actually like flying. Luckily I live in a part of the country where I can get anywhere in no more than 4 hours. That's pretty amazing. I love sitting in airports and watching people. Where are they going, why, why are they dressed like that? Most people I meet in line to board or on the plane are very friendly. I watch as they help each other lift their suitcases up into the overhead compartment. On my flight today I chose the window seat and then began chatting with the woman who sat on the aisle seat in my row. It started with "I like your suitcase," and by the time we were taking off we knew each other's names, where we were from, where we were going and why, how many kids each of us had and what we did for a living. Neither of us was being nosy, we were just chatting for a few minutes. I don't think it's just because we were women, cause on my last flight a gentleman struck up a conversation with me and by the time we took off he had given me tips on how to handle all the restaurant food I have to eat while traveling- eat salads. He told me the story of the 7 years he commuted to another city for work and only came home on the weekends. He told me what he did for a living and why he had to commute. He also told me who he worked for now and why he was traveling. And yes, I was interested.
There is so much negativity around us all the time, bad news, the flu, fighting about politics and gun control. It's nice to be reminded that we all are just regular people, trying to make our way and figure this world out, we need each other. Sometimes it's OK to talk to strangers.