I’ve traveled all over the world, North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I’ve packed baggage so many times that I’m already an expert at it. It can be so exciting, yet so sad. It all changes if you have someone in your life. When it comes to travel with extra baggage the situation changes drastically. With extra baggage, I don’t exactly refer to a bag; I refer to the pain of leaving the one you love behind.
I remember the first time I left her, after my brother’s wedding, after having such a beautiful night, I had to leave. It was so painful; an airport didn’t seem like that in the past. The long walk to the check-in counter, the look in her eyes, my feelings, her feelings, so many things combined, then, the moment of truth… saying good-bye before crossing the security check-point. Lots of feelings, emotions, and ideas come to your mind. Questions like: What next? When I’m going to see her again? What’s gonna happen? Etc. Once you pass the security check-point, there’s not much you can do, there’s no chance to give her a last hug or a last kiss, the only option you have is to walk to the gate and make the long wait for the plane carrying the extra baggage. This has been my life for the past 2 and a half years, however I’ve learned to accept it and deal with it. I have to remind myself that it is not forever, and that soon, the airport is not going to be my enemy anymore, because she will come my way.
We have great things about airports as well. They can be so exciting. When you have a well deserved break after a long period of work and you’re going to visit your loved one, an airport can be so exciting. Everything is perfect. The check-in counter seems great, the coffee you sip at the gate, the seat on the plane, etc. But the best feeling amongst all is when the plane is landing and you’re ready to see her. That’s when the entire wait, the pain, and the desperation melt. That’s when you know that no matter how painful it is, it is worth it to be in a long distance relationship. No matter how many hours you have to travel, no matter how many airports you have to stop at, if you feel that, then you know it’s right.
My advice is, no matter how painful it is, no matter how heavy the extra baggage is, no matter how many times you have to travel, no matter how many miles, if you feel that excitement after a long journey, then the person is right for you. Keep on fighting, keep on traveling, but make sure you have a deadline in mind. If you do this the extra baggage will feel lighter every time and when you least notice it, you won’t be carrying it anymore… and then, the airport will be your best friend once again.