As I carry 4 bags and a car seat through the airport, like a pack mule, I’m noticing three kinds of people making their travels. Now I realize that airplane travel is not what it used to be but the process is still the same (minus some security procedures), so why would someone choose to be miserable? Let’s have a look at the tree types I mentioned earlier and see which we all would rather emulate.
First there is that happy traveler. These individuals are not in any rush and stress washes off them like water off a ducks back. I will add that these people are usually without kids. They have planned their travel, arrived with enough time to not be stressed and are generally happy. These individuals realize that their mood is not dictated by flight times, destination or flight quality. Yet they choose to be happy. This is a quality that is not easy but can be learned and what everyone should aspire too.
Next there is a blaa traveler. This person is neither happy nor sad, but looks like they’ve taken a fist full of tranquilizers, which they may have. Now they may be a nervous traveler and need a Xanax or valium to make it through the day and that’s ok. These people acknowledge their weaknesses and makes plans to accommodate it. They are not pain in the butt to other passengers or airport staff. They just want to get to their destination safely. Not as good as the happy traveler but the results are roughly the same.
Finally there is a Pain in the Butt traveler. These miserable individuals are generally late, rude, stressed or a combination of all the above. They are care only for themselves and wonder why people are in their airport. They push their way around, oblivious to anyone else’s needs around them and generally don’t care if they make others miserable like them. These people are difficult to deal with for other passengers and airport staff. They demand what they feel is owed to them and their bad behavior usually doesn’t get them what they want, which makes them crappier to the rest of us.
Now if you had a choice of the three, I would hope you would choose traveler one or two. Real life and travel are stressful enough, why make matters worse with a bad attitude. I think the airport is a perfectly magnified teacher for life. It teaches you how to deal with hard situations, people that are difficult to deal with and how to identify when things are out of your hands. So as we travel this holiday, remember you’re an example to the people around you and or the children you have in tow. Let’s make it a happy example or take a fist full of tranquilizers and stay the hell out of people’s way.