Airports Suck

I'll Have You Know, I Only Cried Three Times At The Airport

Why do airports literally suck?

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I recently flew across the country and I thought it was worth discussing how airports really do suck. The magic of flying is and always has been incredible to me and yes, I am that person leaning over you to see out the window to the wonder below. However, the process and means of getting me and all stuff through an airport and on and off a plane are, for some reason, ridden with anxiety and awkward experiences.

First and foremost, they're almost always busy. This means watching for other people's bags and making sure you have all your own personal belongings at all times. Especially when traveling alone, it's impossible to leave anything anywhere without anyone to guard it. This means accidentally hitting people in food lies with my backpack and dragging a heavy carry-on into a bathroom stall.

Second, one is then forced to remove shoes, jewelry, place all large electronics into their own bin, and then scanned through a metal detector before even being able to board. I'm all for plane safety and I remember 9/11, so I know it's required but does it have to be so awful? I'm already probably gonna lose something important to me on accident in this building but you're going to make me set all my luggage and things down in a continuously moving line where I will inevitably struggle to get my shoes on, causing me to hold up the irritated people behind me even more? Talk about uncomfortable.

Third, one will then get squished next to people they don't know on a plane that's too hot, usually with a baby who isn't a good flyer situated somewhere nearby. Begging the steward for earphones to watch a movie helps, but not when the old man next to me tries to engage me in conversation about his job or latest novel. I love meeting new people, but we're really close together and I haven't seen Black Panther yet and they have it on the DVD player so I'm sorry but I can't talk right now.

Fourth, something always happens. For someone reason, I've always misplaced or forgotten something, my ride isn't on time or I can't find them, or someone's luggage gets lost. This time I misplaced my purse and almost lost everything that I needed for a summer away from home. It's it's not one thing, it's something else.

We're all kind of uneasy. We're all tired and we're all confused. I think we can agree that airports, no matter the destination, just kind of suck. So, the next time you find yourself angry at a layover, or at a kid that doesn't understand there is someone sitting in the seat they're kicking, I think we can all agree to acknowledge one another's groans of pain. At least next time, you'll feel a little bit better knowing no one else wants to be there anyway.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.
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Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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A Day In The Life Of A Socially Anxious Person

"I better lower the volume of my phone. Someone sitting next to me might hear what music I'm listening to and judge my song choice."

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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), social anxiety disorder affects 15 million adults in the United States. It is one of the most common mental illness and yet a lot of people don't know what social anxiety disorder (SAD) exactly is and have misconceptions about it. Social anxiety is often misunderstood as shyness. However, SAD goes beyond shyness. For someone with SAD, daily social interactions can be stressful to handle because of fear of negative evaluation and embarrassment.

To eliminate misunderstandings and spread awareness about SAD, here's a picture diary of what a day in the life of a socially anxious person looks like.

8:30 a.m.

"I better hurry and switch off my alarm before my roommate wakes up. I'm afraid she might hate me for waking her up this early."

12:00 p.m.

"I know the answer to this question but I'm too scared to answer. What if it is wrong and I embarrass myself in front of everyone?"

3:00 p.m.

"I better lower the volume of my phone. Someone sitting next to me might hear what music I'm listening to and judge my song choice."

5:00 p.m.

"I better keep practicing my order in my head otherwise I might stumble upon my words and make a fool of myself."

7:00 p.m.

"I am just going to delay answering this call as I'm afraid to answer the phone. I don't know who is on the other side and am not exactly sure what to say."

10:00 p.m.

"I'd rather not sleep, as if I try to, I'll be reevaluating all the embarrassing moments of my day."

Along with these thoughts, a person suffering from SAD might also experience physical symptoms like nausea, dizziness, flushing, palpitations, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. If your day looks anything like the picture diary above and you have been experiencing physical symptoms, do not be afraid to seek help.

According to a survey conducted by ADAA, 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for 10 or more years before seeking help. If you are someone who is suffering from SAD, always remember that there's hope. Always seek help as social anxiety disorder is treatable through medication and therapy.

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