Strong title, and even stronger if you think that I wrote the truth. On 17/10/2011 I was on a plane with my wife and my wonderful baby daughter, returning to Dublin after a short visit to my parents in Italy. We were almost at the airport, when the captain announced that, due to strong wind, he had to circle around the airport for about 20 minutes.
Nobody seemed to pay much attention to the announcement, and time passed quickly. Suddenly, we started descending, and things got… Interesting. We bounced and dropped several times, the plane shaking left and right. The land was getting closer and closer, and the wind was stronger than ever. It felt like going on a roller coaster during an earthquake.
I was very aware of the situation, yet I didn’t feel scared for a single moment. Surprisingly to me, my wife felt the same. Our eyes were on our baby girl, who enjoyed the ride more than the rest of the flight. She was excited like never before. She laughed when she tried to reach for my nose while I was making funny faces, because she could not grab it due to the shaking.
Meanwhile, I looked around myself: in front of me, behind, on my right, I could see people grabbing the seats violently, bent down with their head between their knees. Many were crying, even more were praying, a few were throwing up. But not us: we went on with our roller coaster game, complete with arms in the air and “woo-hoo!”, which made our baby laugh even more. We weren’t trying to distract her, she was the one who showed us the right attitude. It was an extremely dangerous situation, but there wasn’t much we could do. After all, if we had to die, it was worth enjoying our last moments!
At the end, everything went well, or else I wouldn’t be here writing about it. This confirmed that we did the best thing by enjoying our time.
Besides, I tend to agree with the way the old Norsemen were thinking:
The All-Father wove the skein of your life a long time ago. Go and hide in a hole if you wish, but you won’t live one instant longer. Your fate is fixed. Fear profits a man nothing. – Herger the Joyous
The sentence is taken from a movie, but it summarizes the concept well. Fear profits a man nothing. Ironically, I was writing about the same idea just a week earlier. Realizing that I put in practice what I wrote, and without even thinking too much about it, made me very happy. It’s easier than you think, if you really want it.