Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It finally dawned on me why I love going to the airport

admit, I am painfully nervous on planes. So much so, I need medicine to calm down. Anyone who sits next to me on the plane - including strangers - have seen my face go white, a blank panicked look in my eyes. My palms sweat. My heart feels like it is going to jump out of my sternum. That being said - I love airports. I love traveling and exploring new places, so the idea of sucking up two or so hours of torture to spend a few days on vacation, is worth it to me. But I was recently watching one of my favorite movies: Love Actually. For those of you who haven't seen it, it will make you laugh, it may make you tear up. It's an ensemble cast of Brits and Americans. The opening scene is at the airport, people hugging and kissing goodbye and hello - with a monologue voice over by Hugh Grant. I will always be a die hard romantic.

"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.

When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaking suspicion... love actually is all around."

~ Hugh Grant as Prime Minister in Love Actually (2003)

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