Staying positive on a flight gone wrong
It started off so well…
99.5% of the flight went as schedule.
Despite getting to bed at 1:30am after celebrating Bedros Keuilian's birthday on Saturday night, I still managed to get up at 5:30am - feeling good - and got to the airport early for my 8am flight.
The 4hour flight started smoothly and I relaxed into watching Fight Club for the first time (yeah, first time, I know). After that I read 50 pages of "Bringing Out the Best in People", and by then it was time to land back in Toronto.
So there we were, literally 3 minutes from landing, when all of the sudden the pilot starts going the WRONG way. By that, I mean he started going up. Wrong way when you are trying to land.
I peaked out the window and realized why. We were heading directly into a storm cloud, and I doubt "Fly into a lightening storm" was on the pilot's bucket list, so he aborted. We circled around for an hour and then landed at another airport 65 miles away.
We waited. And waited.
By this time, I had started watching "Clash of the Titans" (cheesy, but good enough). And I had just finished that movie by the time we started our second attempt at landing in Toronto.
We were minuted from landing when it happened again. The pilot started going the wrong way. Up.
This time, a problem with the landing gear. So we circled again, fixed the issue, and finally, 3 hours late, landed.
Now it was time to sit for an hour on the runway waiting for a gate for the plane.
Finally, almost 9 hours after boarding the flight, we deplaned.
Now to everyone's credit on that plane, no one got upset. It was impressive how everyone dealt with it.
Maybe because it was the weekend, I don't know.
But in life, you're going to have days like this, and the only thing you can do is deal with it, and try to stick to your plan as closely as possible.
Fortunately, by being prepared, I had the right food to hold off hunger. I stuck with my plan, and I feel great now.
So you need to be prepared for the obstacles you are sure to face this week. And when you make a mistake, learn from the lesson so you don't get off track again.
Stay strong and stay prepared,