The first flight ever.
When was your first flight ever? For the first time, see thousands of doll houses in the ground, curvy coast from above, clouds flying right beside you.. when was that?
Today on my way to Jeju from Seoul, one little kid and his mom sitting behind me reminded me of my first time. When we were about to fly off from the runway, his mum was trying to tell him that now in a second we are going to fly off to sky. “Really? Really?” he kept asking her and they were so excited. “Right now, right now! Wow, see?” and followed by “Woooooooowwww……”
I was looking out the window at the same time. Little houses, buildings, black and white mountain and liver.. Yes it still amazes me and I only can imagine what it must like to the little boy who sees this for the first time. He was kicking and moving around in the tiny airplane seat behind me, but this time that didn’t bother me at all.
My first flight was, to Jeju, what a coincidence. When I was fourteen, my parents, my brother and I took a trip to Jeju island. I was pounding at the beginning because I didn’t really want to go to that trip. You know how teenagers are, I had a plan with my friends but my parents didn’t let me do my thing. So wherever the place would be, I was pounding. In the plane, I realized this is going to be my first airplane experience. My brother had few experienced with flight because he went to Busan few times before that. He said, ‘when plane is about to take off, you will feel zero gravity. The chair will suck you in so tight, and you are going to have this weird feeling just like when you ride a roller coaster.’ And I was in my scared of roller coaster phase.. Can you guess how I was feeling? I was unbelievably nervous. Held my seat so tight, closed my eyes so hard and held my breathe in to prevent for the chair to suck me in. After a while I opened my eyes.. guess what, I was flying with cloud. Yes clearly he lied to me and ruined my first flight. Well, at least I’ve learn that’s not true.
It got better after that. I found my peace and enjoyed the view. Tiny little houses, beautiful coast, and cloud! I couldn’t believe it. The plane ride had a little rough patch but we got over that nicely.
I guess flying really is the ultimate dream of mankind. No matter how long it is, it still makes me nervous-in a good way, and excited. So little boy who sits behind me today, don’t forget this moment. Who knows? He’s going to be.. pilot or something. Excitement is a possibility for something.