We All Have Baggage

Look what I found!

I finally made it home from Atlanta after 5 flight cancellations and lost luggage. I was so excited when I found my luggage waiting for me in Salt Lake City. Yay! Once again, I met some friendly and interesting people in the airport while waiting for my flight. In the waiting area I sat next to a divorce lawyer who said she was tired of having a job where she was in a fight every day. She said she always wanted to be a physician. I talked to her about being a nurse attorney and she was very interested in that.  While boarding I talked to a 42-year-old woman from Salt Lake City. We talked about our recent flight cancellation experiences. When I casually asked her what she did for a living, she said she quit her job last year because she had ovarian cancer. She had surgery and chemotherapy a few months ago and now it has spread to her lungs. I was shocked. She looked very healthy and happy and I would never have guessed that she has gone through all of that. Apparently there is nothing else that can be done for her. Meeting her reminded me that we all have a story, and making assumptions or judgments about people is a pointless waste of time and energy. I’m sure there’s a metaphor in this story about losing my luggage and about how we all have baggage, but I’m too tired to explore it right now. Got a little jet lag.

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