You know in films, you sometimes see a stylish woman strolling through an airport, wearing a big straw hat with a chiffon scarf tied elegantly around it, sunglasses in one hand, tiny bag in the other?
I don’t look like that when I travel. I’m often shod in my walking boots to save weight in my case and probably wearing a couple too many layers to save space in my hand luggage – a rucksack which just fits within the airline’s acceptable dimensions and weighs a tonne but I am making it look really, really light so it doesn’t end up being consigned to the hold.
Then I go through security. Boots off, belt, keys, money, phone, sometimes even earrings go into the little tray and on the conveyor belt, along with my jacket which I struggle out of as I put my rucksack on the conveyor belt too. By the time I’m through the security gate, and especially if I get chosen for a pat down, I’m a bit flustered and desperately trying to grab all my possessions as quickly as possible, get out of other people’s way and find somewhere to sort myself out. Audrey Hepburn I am not.
‘Discombobulated’ – feeling flustered, confused, agitated, discomfited, befuddled – sums it up perfectly.
You can imagine how I felt when a friend sent me this picture:
Apparently this ‘recombobulation area’ is at an airport in Milwaukee and it’s just some chairs and tables. That’s all I need: somewhere to sit down and sort myself out before moving on.
Today’s pebble for you to consider: do you need to create a ‘recombobulation area’ for yourself this week so you can take a few minutes to sit down, calm down and gather your thoughts before you move on?
What do you think?
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