Around 9:30am on August 17th, 2010, I stepped through security at the Raleigh-Durham Airport and started a new chapter in my life. I had never been beyond this point at an airport before now. I was catching a flight to Baltimore, on my way to Oklahoma City; unfortunately, I could not get a direct flight from Raleigh to Oklahoma City, so I boarded my plane at 10:20am. At that moment, when I took my first step on to the loading bridge, I had just left everything I had ever known behind for a change of environment, more opportunities and to start a new life.
This flight from Raleigh to Baltimore would be my first flying experience, and to top it off, I would be flying alone. I had never been on a plane before, other than those sitting in a museum that you are allowed to walk through just to see the insides. No, this was not a plane like that; this was a plane that had a pilot, a flight attendant crew, and a hundred and fifty or more passengers, and would take me to a new destination.
As I walked towards the back of the plane, looking for an empty seat, I inwardly hoped for a window seat, so I could watch the landscape change and the wonderful view from a plane on my first flying experience. I had no such luck as all window seats had been taken, so I sat next to a woman, taking a middle seat and stored my backpack underneath the seat in front of me. I thought it better and more polite not to ask the woman if she and I could swap seats.
Nervously, I sat in my middle seat in the third row back from the left wing, awaiting the plane’s take off. I took several deep breaths as the flight attendants gave instructions and the plane began to move. When the plane began to take off, I took of my ring, which had a cross separating the beginning and end of the Lord’s Prayer inscribed on the exterior side, and began to recite the Lord’s Prayer as I prayed for a safe flight.
“Our Father thou art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.”
I told the woman sitting to my left that it was my first time flying and she explained much of what would happen on the flight. She also kindly gave me a piece of gum so the popping in my ears would not be as painful, or barely any popping sensations at all, which happened in my case, thanks to this kind lady.
As we flew, I kept my eyes glued to the window and listened to some music. The sensation of flying is indescribable! The beauty I witnessed, as the landscape from state to state changed, and the atmosphere with the blue sky and the puffy white clouds that drifted below us, I cannot begin to put words to.
After the plane landed and while we waited for the passengers ahead of us to depart the plane, the kind lady sitting to my left at the window asked me if I enjoyed the flight and flying in general, I replied with a simple answer, “I loved it.” She did not have another flight, so she gave the rest of her gum package.
I now enjoy and love flying! It is a sensation like no other! Many people that I have talked to about flying consider it to be like riding a roller coaster, but in my opinion, flying is nothing like riding a roller coaster. It is much better, and cannot compare.