On our last day in Europe, we got to the airport at 8 am for our 10 am flight back to Los Angeles. When we got there, we found out that our flight had been delayed—first to 5 pm and then to 7 pm.
Normally this would have really irritated me, but one of the most valuable things I gained from this trip was that it made me better at coping with things that are out of my control.
Because at the end of the day, no matter how much you plan and prepare, shit happens. And when it does, it’s up to you to decide how you’re going to react.
Obviously, a 9 hour flight delay is less than ideal. We were both exhausted, and being stuck in the airport on the final day of our trip was a bit of a buzz kill to what had been an incredibly epic trip.
I was also super excited to see my girlfriend, who was going to be picking me up from the airport, and to spend the day with her telling her all about our adventures. But because we were going to be getting back so late now, the stories were going to have to wait until the next day.
Like I said, normally this would have pissed me off and probably put me in a bad mood (like when we missed our flight to Rome). But, for some reason, I wasn’t upset about it. I actually felt strangely calm. And happy.
The trip ended up being even more fun, exciting, adventurous, and interesting than I ever could have imagined. We had our ups and downs, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
We saw some awesome sites, we made some new friends, we met up with some old friends, we ate some great food (when we weren’t eating McDonalds), and we drank lots of booze (somewhat responsibly).
I had a ton of fun, but I also learned a ton.
The flight delay gave me some time to reflect on the trip and realize how lucky I was that I had the opportunity, and a friend, to do it with.
I’ve been back home for a full week now, and I’m not going to lie, I’m happy to be back home, but it’s also been a struggle re-adjusting to real life and getting ready to start working next month.
I’m super excited to start this next chapter of my life, but this trip has definitely given me new perspectives on certain things.
Next week I’ll be sharing a more in-depth post about some of those perspectives as well as a sweet little video (filmed on my friend’s GoPro) capturing some of the highlights of our trip. I was just looking through some of the footage and there’s some really great stuff on there!