john wayne said that courage was being scared to death but saddling up anyway. i guess today was my john wayne day.
i am afraid of flying. i’m not sure whether i’m more scared of dying in a flaming aluminum tube of destruction or of having a panic attack so furious that i end up as a lead on fox news. but if i’m going to make my new years resolution and meet every single facebook friend i have, i will need to get on a plane. to seoul. to taipei. to mumbai. to istanbul. to mexico city. and to homer, alaska.
i figured i’d start small. tallahassee. my facebook friend is justin, who is my dad. he has been having some cancer issues and he asked me to see him. that’s unusual in itself. but this morning i went to o’hare, stepped on a plane to charlotte north carolina and got on a plane from charlotte to tallahassee to see justin. i didn’t panic when the kid seated behind me kicked my back. i looked out of the window sometimes. i raced across the charlotte airport and found my gate. i know these are the things that everybody does every day. the proof is that the airports were packed.
but now i’ve done it too! i’m starting my journey.
justin is not feeling well at all. the cancer has metastasized. we talked tonight about a lot of things, including our bucket lists. here’s his: