Why I Like Flying on September 11th by Misha Lyuve

Sep 10, 2013

In memory of Neil Shastri

Airplane against the sky

Even if you flew million times before, airports bring a feeling of anticipation. Kid-like. It grows as the airplane starts to accelerate on the runway and peeks when the wheels lift off the ground. I experienced this during my first flight when I was about 7 and it is still here. Is this real? Am I about to go into the skies?

On the airplane, unlike in most other confined spaces, I give up resisting the physical and emotional constraints of my seats, belts and neighbors. Instead, they keep me from my usual restlessness and allow for contemplation and creative processes.

Sunset from airplane

From the sky everything looks mesmerizing, even the most ordinary objects. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the sun, or a sunset or a sunrise, or the moon, or just unrepeatable patterns of clouds. Am I closer to God?

And the arrival is always like a small victory. Even if it is getting back home, it is still a beginning of the next journey.

Today is September 11th, 2013. See you in the skies.

Sky from the airplane

The view of a city and aiprlane wing

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