in life you simply never forget. I think I just had one such moment.
I am on a plane from Houston Texas to Frankfurt, Germany. Flying
through the night and the various time zones losing hour upon hour.
flight up until now had been much the same as any other transatlantic
and on the most part just another challenge to try and find the
most comfortable position in your seat so as to grab what little
amount of sleep you can.
There is, of course, a screaming baby managing to make itself heard
above the constant low noise of the jet engines. The in-flight
entertainment is amusing some, but most have elected to ignore
it. Lufthansa are
not my favorite airline, but to be fair to them there really isn't
anything they could do to make this long journey any more interesting.
restless, not able to sleep. I close my eyes and try to drift away,
but it simply doesn't work. I'm not drifting anywhere, I'm
awake and I probably will be awake all the way home. The joy of
jet lag once again awaits me on the other side of the Atlantic
plane is dark, the lights are out and there is just the flicker
of the overhead TV screens in the center isle to illuminate the
cabin. As sleep is not an option I decide to put on my headphones
to some music on my laptop, the music playing is a soft track
called 'Elevator Beat' by Nancy Wilson. There's nothing to look
so I open the window shutter and take a look outside. It's dark
so I expected to see nothing, but I am spectacularly proved wrong.
is awash with millions of bright stars. I use my hands
to block out the reflection of the cabin, and there
more than I initially saw. Amazing, breathtaking, truly awe
inspiring. I am quite genuinely staggered at just how many stars
I can see.
look back at the cabin for a moment. Everyone is either in airplane
sleep mode or watching the not very entertaining 'in-flight entertainment.'
So I find the standard issue blanket then put all worries about
looking cool aside as I put it over my head so I can look out
of the window
with absolutely no reflections from inside the cabin.
me are street lights, I can make out streets and what I assume
to be a coastline, probably Canada, maybe the United
few wispy white clouds float below me lit, I assume, by
the moon which
I can't see from this angle. In the distant there is another
plane, it seems to be on the same path as us, slightly behind
us and to
the right. And then there is a dark ocean of space, completely
drenched in glittering stars and distant planets that now
feel just that little
This is amazing. I don't even feel like I am
on a plane anymore. I feel like I am just suspended in space
between the clouds
below me and the infinity above, sitting in a chair listening
and somehow floating without a care or concern in the world.
And then, as my eyes begin to get accustomed to the darkness
moves into the realms of unforgettable as I see shooting
stars make their fleeting and final journeys across the
night sky around
This is the kind of moment that makes me feel human,
that takes all the concerns I have and puts them into the perspective
we can so
easily lose. I feel humbled by the sheer magnificent's
this all, and honored to be able to witness this too.
the rest of
simply sleep or watch TV, I have left them for a while
something I can honestly say I will never forget.
nothing left to say, no more words to write, as if words could
even illustrate this moment. I've still got a long way to go
and the sun will rise soon so
I'm going to get back to my sky.
What a great way to