North Carolina is a beautiful, wonderful state. From mountains to beaches, to UNC to Duke, there is nothing mediocre about the great Tar Heel state. If you were raised in North Carolina, you should be able to identify with the following:
14. NASCAR is a big deal.
18. "Wagon Wheel" (by Old Crow Medicine Show) is a very important song to you and you knew it way before Darius Rucker covered it.
When most people picture flying (on an airplane of course), or see any airlines ads on TV they see a calm relaxed person who seems to be smiling continuously. As they glance out the window at the beautiful fluffy clouds, they are served all the snacks they desire by gorgeous flight attendants that could pass as models. However, in my case, and as many frequent flyers would know, this isn't the reality for 99 percent of the flying population. Sure, I find the actual experience of flying on an airplane surreal and magical, but it doesn't come without its baggage.
1. Before the trip is when the literal baggage begins.
2. It's all fun and games, until you realize your airlines has a one suitcase limit, you have an hour left to pack... and you haven't started.
3. You have to make sure you have all of the travel documents you need and that they are all up to date
And if they aren't, get ready to stand in some very long lines...
4. At the airport, you have to lug around all of your suitcases until you check them in.
5. Your suitcase weighs too much and you try to reduce the weight in any way possible to avoid paying extra.
This includes eating any food you packed in your bag on-the spot and throwing away anything that may weigh too much.
6. You have to go through the extremely picky and long airport security line (which is necessary to be safe) and take things out of the overstuffed bag that you worked so hard to zip up.
7. When you are hungry and forgot to pack snacks and your only option is buying overpriced airport food.
Bottled water should never be seven dollars.
8. Your flight gets canceled or delayed over and over again and you have to find ways to kill time.
9. On the flight, your body is in confusion because your flight is at 3 a.m., plus you are flying across time zones.
10. You sit next to someone that bothers you.
And have to find a way to keep your sanity for the rest of the flight, which can sometimes be more than 16 hours, while sitting in one place.
11. All the possible scenarios of how a flight accident can occur start to pop up in your head.
And you actually begin to pay especially close attention to the safety demonstrations.
12. You have to use the bathroom really badly...
... but you have to crawl over three people to get out of your seat to actually get to the bathroom.
For a city that never sleeps
I've seen you grow quiet in suspense
Lost with no direction during those hours on the 34th
with nothing but a Penn heading to the Station
In hopes that I've been making the right decisions to avoid all of this temptation
All the things I've been making has just been a declaration to me
Of who I should be,
who I want to be,
who I'm destined to be
because I see this me that most don't see
and the potential I see in me has been unseen to the public.
For there hasn't been any interests to get to know that me.