Sea-Tac for the morning. I jumped on the light rail at 8:30 to make sure I had ample time at the airport. 7:46 am: Email notification- Southwest flight delayed until 12:00. Cool. 8:46 am: Southwest flight delayed until 1. Blast! At this point when you are already half way to the airport you can react in two ways, FREAK OUT or take a breath and carry on without being bothered. I chose not to be bothered. Luckily, Sea-Tac airport isn't such a bad place, there is a cute drug dog, 7 coffee places, tons of people watching, and plenty of charging tables and plugs (Yes, I have to start recharging my phone after 3 hours..). 9:46 email: Southwest flight to depart on time at 11:30am. Sweet! Attitude is everything. So Seattle and probably the entirety of the Pacific North West has a really calm approach about attitude. Unlike Vegas, there is no conspicuous consumption. It's all functional flash. Money is spent on outdoor activities instead of Vegas' club scene. The Ferrari and Lamborghini flash of Vegas is Seattle's all wheel drive Subaru, Volvo, and Audi (and often a few model years older). You could be next to one of the millionaire minds behind Microsoft or Boeing at any given moment and you wouldn't know. I love that, Seattle you get it.
Seattle has a way of making you feel small. Getting outside has a way of making you feel small. At Olympic National Park the towering trees put your size into relativity. We really are just a grain of sand in this reality. Translate that into our day to day activities and it makes you realize how small our problems really are. You get to choose how much any one given event influences you, and how. Take control of your day, see the bigger picture and focus your energy positively. Time to board that flight back to 100 degree weather.
“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”