When I sit a few miles above the ground, the world seems to be completely different. All those problems that I face down there, big problems, hard problems, the ones that are unbearable… now they don’t matter. I can gain a totally different viewpoint there. Little houses, little streets where tiny cars move looking like Hotwheels. Piece of land, that I can see through the small airplane window, looks like a toy, like something unreal.
At that moment I realize how insignificant and mere I really am. I acknowledge that I’m just a part of something greater, of some huge ecosystem.
I’m sitting in the airplane, which has just reached the cruising speed, and when I ponder over all of this, I ask myself a question: Who am I in this whole infinite universe?
I observe the passengers sitting around me. They’re all into their businesses. Some put their noses in their smartphones, completely absent, watching something. Others are frightened because of the flight, and their faces are like: Can this plane really touch down safely? And many others are mousy, looking suspiciously at one another with their masks on, worrying whether someone could infect them with a mysterious illness. We became so strange to ourselves. We’re surrounded by people, but still we’re alienated.
I, however, unfortunately with a mask on my face too, and even though they can’t see it, grin broadly. Why? Where’s this joy coming from? Well, from realizing a wonderful fact, that down there on the ground I have terrific people; my friends.
I always say: If you have found at least one real friend in your life, you’re endowed with the best treasure, you’re a whiz kid, and you’ve experienced something amazing.
"I am looking for friends. What does that mean — 'tame'?" "It is an act too often neglected," said the fox. It means to establish ties." "'To establish ties'?" "Just that," said the fox. "To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . ."
That exactly what happened to me, and it’s awesome. That’s the reason for me smiling, and you know what? I begin to ask myself: Why? Why does someone like to be my friend? Why does someone sacrifice his holidays to spend his time with me, or to help me? Why does someone thank me for the conversation? Why does someone warn me, when they see something of concern?
Even though I try so hard… I can’t find the answer to my questions. I just don’t understand. I simply don’t feel that I deserve all of this, that I was good enough, concerned enough, helpful enough, grateful enough, and that I was there when needed. Sometimes I feel bad about that, because I don’t deserve all the warmth that I receive.
People chase after many things: fame, applause, money, or they love gadgets (I myself am a fan of some of these). However, there’s a certain wisdom: all of these are vanity. But when you make a call, and you hear a voice saying “Of course I will help you! What can I do?” there’s a real sense of joy, and then you know that your heart should still beat, because there are people that really value you. They are your true friends.
Do you know what happens next? Gratitude. Once I asked God to give me at least one friend. Now I see, that I’m lucky, because I have a few of them. Terrific, loving people, and I can count on them. They accompany me in hard as well as in happy moments of my life. They are the reason to thank God for giving me more than I ever asked (He always gives more). Thank you, my friends, for being with me, though I often don’t know why. Thank you for your support and the love you’ve shown. I hope that I’ll be able to be a terrific person for you all, as you are for me. Though I don’t mention anyone by name, I’m still sure that these people would know. And if you know, please, remember that I love you so much!
The ‘Fasten your seatbelt’ warning light has flashed on, meaning that we’re going to touch down. Once more I look at the frightened and stressed passengers around me, I take a deep breath, still smiling and sitting calmly. I can’t wait to see my dear friend who’s really close to my heart.