Advice from a plane

Advice from a plane

Advice from a plane

I saw a thunderstorm from above today. I fly often. More than most. I have flown through some teeth shattering turbulence, a few odd passenger situations (one including a man being in the bathroom during a landing) and I have seen breathtaking sights from a window seat. But today I saw thunder. Brief flashes of bright light backlighting dramatic clouds. It was beautiful.

I never get too personal on my blog, for a multitude of reasons. Mostly because contrary to popular belief my life really isn’t that interesting. It’s average. Just like me and that is totally okay with me. The last few months have thrown things my way that I had no idea I would ever have to deal with in my lifetime, never mind before my 30s. But in all fairness, none of these recent events were even that interesting. Millions of people cope with worse while wearing much larger smiles than myself. But much like most self-indulgent people who overcome small things, I like to think I have learnt a few things. I will dispense this advice now. You never know when someone else’s journey might need it.

1.Never take health for granted. Easier said than done. But let me tell you. You miss the normal when its no longer there. When the worst thing that happened to you medically was a cold. I miss that.

 

2. Weightloss isn’t always good. Stop assuming because someone lost a bunch of weight that they weren’t happy before. Or that they are happier now. Believe it or not, some people don’t mind being a size 14.

 

3. Always travel light. You really don’t need that extra pair of jeans you are carrying around.

 

4. Buy a power bank, keep it charged, use it.

 

5. Use Google Music. (Or iTunes) just pay the monthly subscription and carry the soundtrack to your life in your pocket.

 

6. Show appreciation. Show appreciation for a good meal, a nice day out, a compliment or even a smile.

 

7.  Not everyone will understand your circumstances and you won’t always understand theirs. People differ and this is ok.

 

8.  Avoid eating meat on planes. Just trust me on this.

 

9. Work hard. Regardless of what you read on click-bait posts, regardless of the famous Netflix power point. Hard work DOES pay off. Not always in the way you expected, but it really does. Even when you hate what you do. Use your hatred to fuel it and work harder.

 

10. Share things you like. Songs, food, a good view or even a podcast you found interesting. Don’t keep things that bring you joy to yourself.

I hope one day you find one or more of these useful.

 

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4 Comments

  • bymegankelly.co.za September 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I loved this post so much. I opened your blog tonight, and looked at that picture of you standing at the lifesaver tower on the beach that I pass everyday and longed to squeeze you IRL. I know that this year has been shit – flip, after last year I didn’t think it could get any harder but if anything, we have survived it babe. You have survived it. You may have one less organ, and a whole lot of weird pictures from hospital beds, but you’re here. And every single day, I thank my lucky stars for having a friend like you. You are one incredible woman and one day, there’ll be a chapter dedicated to you. I promise.

    • greenlydia Author September 29, 2017 at 6:21 am

      I love you so much. This made my day. And I am waiting for that book. “Struck by lightning, what happened next would surprise you” Because even books need clickbait titles.

  • Tahlia October 4, 2017 at 9:32 am

    My airplane hot tip: Don’t order the Western meal if you’re not flying with a Western based airline.
    If you’re flying with Emirates, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Etihad – order the non-Western choice. Trust me it is always much more delicious!

    • greenlydia Author October 4, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Fab tip! Thank you 🙂

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