David Moseley

Be more in awe

2014-01-29 13:30

David Moseley

My wife always gives me a hard time whenever we drive past an airport or I notice a plane that’s about to land or see one that’s just taking off. For me, it’s one of the more exhilarating sights around. I’m not sure why, but those gigantic chunks of metal landing or leaving never fail to send a thrill down my spine.

“Look, look at the huge plane coming in over the N2,” I enthuse without fail. Cue a sigh and a shrug from the other side of the car. “It’s not that big,” says Robyn. “It’s just a normal plane. I don’t know why you get excited.”

I don’t know why I get excited either. I just think it’s amazing that we can fly, and nothing hammers that sense of wonder home more than when a plane is roaring over my car.

Now, of course, it’s become a “thing”, where I exclaim over-exuberantly on purpose the presence of an arriving or departing plane, just to annoy my wife. It’s the little things, hey.

And why not? I think it would do people well to be more in awe of their surroundings or the magic that happens every day in front of their eyes. It’s so easy to get lost in the turmoil that appreciating every day joys can seem a bit of a chore.

Cynicism is the order of the day, where it’s cool to be ironic, dismissive and seemingly disaffected with life. Enthusiasm of any kind is quickly shot down, while sincerity and wonder appear to be in short supply.

I’m no stranger to it either. Sometimes you just can’t help it. On social media platforms like Twitter a snarky riposte is more likely to pick up followers or ensure retweets than a genuine compliment or heartfelt observation.

I wonder if it has something to do with our modern cutthroat culture, where everyone is pressured to succeed and be the best, and push on harder and longer through the night, where if you don’t have a masters degree or an MBA, or work Monday to Sunday with the weight of the world on your shoulders, that we lose the ability to simply stop for a moment and marvel at something that we might see every day.

I spend a fair amount of time cycling. It’s a great release from reality, and in Cape Town, depending on where you ride, there’s a good chance you’ll happen across a troupe of baboons or a moody bird of prey resting in the trees, themselves apparently enjoying the sunset over the city.

There’s nothing better (except, of course, an enormous Boeing 747 lurching skywards over a national highway) to soothe the soul after a long week of sarcasm and head banging over the ineptitude of your clients.

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