Late last year, I was on a flight from Port Macquarie to Sydney. I was eager to return home. The flight was delayed by over an hour. After the wait in the terminal at Port Macquarie, I got on the plane with the other travellers and settled myself down into a window seat. I was hoping for some quiet time and wanted to read on the short flight home.
About ten minutes after I was seated, a few people who seemed to be co-workers boarded the flight. One of them sat beside me. He was quite boisterous and was having a loud conversation with his colleague who was across the aisle. The airhostess also joined in. I sat back thinking there goes my quiet time.
In a few minutes, I saw the man next to me fiddling with his earphones. Soon after I heard music. Anyway, I thought my neighbour would turn down the music. Kept waiting and it did not happen. I tapped him and asked him to turn down the music. He pointed to the speakers overhead and said the music is not from his phone but from the speakers. It was an AHA moment.
How did I handle this situation, you may be wondering. Well, I apologised to the guy. Then I laughed and said what a good story this is to share with friends and laugh!
I did share this anecdote with some friends that I met the next day and we all laughed.
A very important lesson that I learnt that day - to not be judgemental. Just because the man was conversing loudly, I assumed he also played the loud music and was not courteous to his fellow passengers. On the contrary, he seemed like a nice person once I stopped judging him.
Let’s give others a chance to be who they are. Let’s not judge others. Let’s not even judge ourselves because we all do what we do with the knowledge that we have at any given point in time.