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Weeks before the experience, I had no idea of what awaited me. Actually, after the completion of the very eventful Service Year, the next thing was to secure a job as a platform to attaining desired goals and well, of course to also get an active means of income which could also birth other passive means. I had gotten myself involved in a couple of things to keep me busy and productive, all was going fine. Then, the twist came unexpectedly. It was like a dream, a dream I needed to become reality. Who wouldn’t want something good after staying in a place that felt like one was disconnected from the world she was accustomed to. Well, Well, It became reality and a beautiful experience Indeed!
The airplane experience is an experience I wouldn’t want to cut out on this exciting tale I am writing on. It was nice to feel once again the sensation that came along the taking-off of a plane after so many years. I reminisced my other experiences while the plane dived into the clouds tilting in a bend intermittently, both to the left and right direction. Looking down, the very congested Lagos was apparent as well as, some areas where they were either constructing or had forgotten of the existence of such place and the citizens once again, had found a way to make themselves comfortable with the situation. The sea from the top view was a beautiful sight. “Capture it! capture it all” I told myself. Sitting close to the window, whether in a danfo, car, bus etc. is my thing. I like staring out looking at things, Imagining things and most times, that’s how I form my abstract thoughts. I quickly grabbed my phone, took some quick shots. Just then, my mum caught me in the act and told me not to, that it wasn’t right since the plane was still trying to gain its balance (well, even though I knew it was on airplane mode, I obediently dropped my phone). I took out a book titled “There’s a business in every woman” by Ann M. Holmes reading and enjoying the luxury we had paid for. Getting snacks and drinks and then staring occasionally at my Momma whom happened to be enjoying herself as well. I was indeed grateful that we had embarked on the journey together. I considered the individual stories that I had read within the short while in the book. I figured my Momma’s story too happened to be an inspiring one. A story of no prior idea or knowledge of what next to do, but for hardwork and smart work, she had become a reputable brand of herself. I got to distract her, as I love talking a lot. Our discussions made me hopeful on my ‘becoming process’.
We arrived at the United Kingdom Heathrow Airport for a stopover. We toured round grabbing some Cappuchino and British Snack Food while watching people talk about Prince Harry and the now Duchess of Sussex. They were the faces on beautiful things, gift items sold at the airport and many others. It was their season to be celebrated and well, it was lovely I heard some british young air hostesses talk about their love. The british accent pretty much sounds like a song to me. I could decipher what’s being communicated but damn! the accent has so much rhythm……We got ready for our next flight to Atlanta―Hartsfield Jackson Airport. I got on board and wasn’t happy when I realized no sitting close to the window. Oh! well I forgot about that the moment I settled down and the plane was about to take-off again giving me that sensational feeling I always looked forward too. I always feel that way when the plane is taking-off and when it is landing. After deriving the anticipated satisfaction I switched to seeing movies. There was this particular movie that struck me! titled “The Breadwinner” an animation depicting an Afghanistan home. The movie made me appreciate Life and gave me a view of how some women suffer in some places. We arrived Atlanta– Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. The immigration officers seemed to be really friendly and nice….
After passing through the immigration we took our lugagge anticipating a great time at Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America. Indeed! It unfolded events to learn from and appreciate life and oneself.
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From the desk of Mary Elebijo