I am a globetrotter, and always will be! I may not travel as much as I used to now that I am a mother, but I sure traveled the world when I was younger. In fact, I not only traveled – I lived around the world! I have lived permanently in 5 countries, and even visited some countries for months.
I am forever grateful for all vibrant memories, experiences, and impressions from all the places I’ve been to, lived in, visited, and explored.
For many years of my life, I worked for an international aviation consultancy firm, and I would travel somewhere in the world pretty much every second week, sometimes every week. I held Executive Platinum Status with American Airlines, and I almost lived at airports. When I say that, I don’t say it in a negative tone. I actually enjoyed it!
I still love walking into an airport. There’s something magical in the air, and an anticipation from travelers mingling around – on their way to somewhere, anywhere! The energy is high, and I get a kick out of it! I just love traveling.
I didn’t always get to fly Business or First Class, but most trips I would get upgraded last minute. I always ensured though, that I would not be too far back in the plane. If there is one thing I do not like, it’s waiting to get out of the plane, once we have already landed! I once got a seat all the way in the back on a flight from London to Los Angeles, and it took about 45 minutes to exit the plane! When you travel as much as I did, time is precious.
I will always remember a funny incident with a check-in agent, when she thought I was actually scared of windows – when I told her I did not want to be in the back of the plane.
It was a domestic flight, and I had an economy ticket. This was long before my American Airlines Executive Platinum status, and it was obvious the check-in girl couldn’t care less when I nicely asked her for a seat in front of the plane. Instead, she gave me a window seat in the back of the plane. When I asked her if there was any possibility for me to move up a few rows, and how I would even be happy to take a middle seat, she stared at me with big pitying eyes, and with a demeaning look on her face, she suddenly exclaimed,
“You’re obviously afraid of the window!”
“No, that’s not it,” I said, in sheer surprise. “That’s not it. I just like being in front of the plane!”
“That’s nothing to be ashamed of dear.” She sighed and continued impatiently. “A lot of people are.”
I remember feeling so misunderstood, but I don’t think that’s the reason this rather insignificant event has stuck with me all these years. The truth is I used to have a big problem feeling trapped, and I’m not talking just physically, but also mentally and spiritually.
Whilst I still prefer glitzing around in First Class, sitting in the back of the plane is no longer a deal breaker for me. When that happens these days, I have a much easier time surrendering, and letting go, but then again, I no longer travel every week, and every now and then, I just splurge on a ticket up some rows!
With Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund, M.A., MFTI is a joyous writer and inspirational speaker, and the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! She is also a Therapist in Newport Beach specializing in Dream Analysis, Anxiety, Public Speaking, Stress, and Couples therapy. She loves sharing her passion for dreams and soul growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.