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In 2009 US Flight 1549 took off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport with 155 people onboard, as this very heavy piece of metal was hurtling towards the sky it hit a flock of geese. This resulted in complete engine failure. Now I am not an engineer or a pilot, but I think that is bad. In fact I’d go so far as to say it is a really bad thing. The pilot Chelsey Sullenburger and the other one who apparently has no one name, were able to land the plane in the Hudson River without any fatalities*.
In the last week or two I have been in relatively high spirits. I’ve felt motivated and upbeat throughout this time and I would go so far as to say my take off was well underway. I’d been down there on the rock and now I was reaching for the stars again – or a more reasonably, a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. The last couple of days I was especially confident that I’d finally be able to put on the auto pilot and enjoy the ride for a while.
Then today happened.
Not that I’d ever want to down play the events back in 2009 but I think what happened to me today was exactly the same. Not literally of course, I haven’t been in a plane crash, but figuratively. OK, just say it. I managed, somehow, to lose a small child’s umbrella. It was their favourite umbrella and it had lady bugs on it, and it cost upwards €3.
Now I know what you’re thinking; it should be worth at least double that. And you’re right, but I can only assume the family got a bargain. Ah, yeah, you were thinking about that and the massive overreaction.
I don’t know why such a small event has had such a big impact on me and my mentality today. I was feeling good and I hit those poor geese and I’ve been gliding back to this rock ever since. It is not a major crash, everyone will survive, but it has certainly taken the wind out of my sails. The power out of my engine. The mouse out of my mouse wheel. The lithium out of my battery. The jam out of my donut. The ‘wee’ out of my tweets.
It has taken a lot, and for an umbrella that is quite impressive. Naturally I know how ridiculous the reaction is, but it seems so chemical, I don’t seem part of it. Logically it is fine, I can replace it. I don’t mean to brag, but I have the financial clout to just do that. But like kids in a park, I just seem to have no control over my body, it is running off in all directions and I’m left standing there surrounded by dead geese.
*That word always reminds me of Mortal Combat – finish him!