About five years ago, my mom booked me a flight from Miami to Guayaquil (home) for Christmas break. Little did I know this could happen. This is my story:
Flights for December (aka holiday season) are crazy expensive. For this reason, my mom wanted to purchase my plane ticket months in advance. It was August (the semester hasn't even started yet) and I already had a return ticket home.
The semester passed, and it was time to go home. I get my suitcases ready and head to the airport to catch my flight.
I arrived three hours early, with a lot of time to spare. I got myself distracted with magazines at the classic Hudson News pop-up store. At MIA (Miami International Airport) there’s one in every corner.
Already at the gate (bored our of my mind), the crew announced the flight is delayed. Ugh. Ok. I mean there’s nothing I can do, so I waited for three more hours. THREE HOURS.
Time passed so slow that I could feel the misery of boredom being stronger and stronger. Plus, phone’s battery was about to die. (Oh well.)
Another announcement: “The flight ## to Guayaquil is now cancelled. It will depart tomorrow at 5am”
UGH. UGH. UGH
I grabbed my stuff and left the airport as soon as I heard the announcement. I was so angry.
I went back home, and relax for bit.
The next day, I woke up at 2:30 AM to head over to the airport (again.) UGH. I passed security and walked towards the gate. The flight attendant calls the first group to board. (FINALLY!) I couldn’t be more happier. I look at my ticket and realized my seat number is empty.
My seat wasn’t assign. I went to the counter for the crew to assign a seat for me, but the lady looks at me and says: “Honey the flight is overbooked, you’ll need to wait to the 6:00 PM flight”
I hated life. I couldn’t believe I didn’t notice my seat was unassigned.
Of course, I had to go back home and wait for it to be 3:00 PM (once again) to get on my flight home. What I learned from this experience? Always, ALWAYS make sure your seat is assigned. (I spent nearly 24-hours trying to catch my flight.)
At least is a good story to tell! Ha!
Until next trip,
About The Author
Mariella Molestina Noboa
The art of saying "Yes!" can take you far away. Many people pass on opportunities for many reasons, one of them being fear. Through my life I've encounter many people that forget to live the present for something that might not even happen in the future. If you are constantly waiting for the right time to finally do something, like fulfill your life dream, you are going to spend most of your life waiting.
My name is Mariella and I created this blog as a source of inspiration for others to believe they can live the life they always pictured. The secret? Believe you can and take action. The world awaits!