“Now boarding all zones for Asiana flight 221 from JFK to Seoul Incheon International Airport. Now boarding all zones.”
After speed walking for what seemed like miles across JFK airport, I had finally arrived at my gate, sweaty and out of breath. This was the last stop before landing in the Republic of Korea to teach English.
I was leaving U.S. soil again, but this time felt different. I wasn’t just going to visit a close friend in Panama for a week or attend a 12 day international conference in Cuba. I was moving across the world for an entire year. For some reason though, I didn’t feel excited or nervous or even sad. I just knew I was about to begin another chapter in my life.
As I stepped through the cramped doorway of the Boeing 777 aircraft, I felt like I was crossing a gateway into my newest adventure. I calmly walked to my seat, put my bag in the overhead bin, and buckled up. I zoned out for some time before noticing one of the stewardesses smiling at me as she walked by. I politely did the same. I turned my head to stare out the window just as the plane’s engines fired up. We rolled to the runway and quickly gained momentum until I saw nothing but clouds. Completely relaxed I quietly took a deep breath and thought to myself with a smile, “here we go.”