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Life is Like Living on O’Hare’s Moving Sidewalk

I used to travel often. I didn’t think too much of air travel. I just did it and made an adventure of it. All that changed with the pandemic. I hardly travel by air any more. The hassle, the drive to get to the airport in LA, the lines, the exhaustion from poor sleep the night before, the security lines and the expense. It’s like a job. You have to work with your anxiety of the unexpected, the delays, the cancellations etc. One of the things I always remember about air travel are the moving sidewalks. O’Hare airport in Chicago was one of the early sidewalks. I thought it was so smart and a great idea.

Over time and years on earth, I also began to look at my own life as a moving sidewalk. The moving sidewalks give you a chance to acknowledge lots of people but no time to really get to know any of them. As the years go by, I have often promised myself I would get back to visit a certain person or a place. Most often, it never happens. Life just keeps moving forward bringing you more experiences and challenges and the time to get back to the people and places has been taken up by more pressing issues. If you wait long enough, the person is gone or their phone or email is no longer operational. Currently I am “hunting down” an old friend in India who always invited me to come over and stay. I don’t know if he is alive, moved etc. I do know it is my fault for letting it all slip away.

I was born with a 5 life path and a 9 destiny. The path of the 5 is one of change, adjustments and freedom. The destiny of the 9 is a goal of being more of a humanitarian and reliever of suffering. I do my best not to add to the suffering of others as we ALL suffer. It is part of the human condition. The number 9 is also a completion number so this life is intended for me to accomplish detachment, letting go and finishing up a certain level of development. The 5 and 9 work well together but can be very tiring. There has been constant change and lots of letting go. Most of the changes were not self-imposed. My former husband was a fighter pilot and we moved 8 times in 6 years. Even as a baby, my Mother’s mother died and she had to leave me in the hospital to attend the funeral. What a beginning! What a change. There were to be more changes before I was even 7. Due to my Mother’s poor health and too many children, I was sent to live with my Aunt Betty in Detroit. I was about 3 years of age. I loved it and was spoiled well. I actually didn’t want to return home. About age 7 I traveled by myself on the train from Grand Central Station in New York to Detroit. It was an adventure. I had a lunch in a shoe box and a note pinned to my coat. The conductor looked after me. Can you image that today?

I look back and I see that all the years were teaching me about constructive changes and letting go. It was one after the other of abrupt changes. It is, of course, going on as I write this. Most of you know about my husband’s bout with cancer and then the terrible brain injury from a fall. He is still in the land of the living but continues to deteriorate. I did sell the big house and made all kinds of adjustments around that. I’m living in a rental that I own and never expected to live in. I know there will be another move within the next year or two as this is only a way station. It is typical of a 5 life path. I am learning again the adjustments and the letting go. This is why my life feels like it is living on a moving sidewalk at O’Hare. It will just keep moving whether I like it or not.

I am lucky to have lived this long to realize the purpose of my life and its learning. I can now pinpoint timeframes completely in line with the timing of my own blueprint. It is important to assess where I am and what I want to still do before I leave. Knowing what I now know, I can stop fooling myself into any grand illusions. I don’t need all the stuff any more and I definitely don’t want to pay for storage or for moving it. Everyone here is really doing the best they can with what they know. If they knew better, they would have done better. If not in this lifetime then in another. Life is a continuum. It doesn’t just end because our bodies die. I have already made some suggestions for future lives. I definitely do not want another 5 Life Path any time soon. It is just too many adjustments. One of these is, of course, how to travel light. It really is the “lean horse” for the “long race.”

6 responses to “Life is Like Living on O’Hare’s Moving Sidewalk”

  1. Love the ‘lean horse’ for a ‘long race’….Your posts are so wonderful-I think back to meeting you in Sedona years ago. That’s part of the moving sidewalk I’m very pleased about!!! Thank you Gail.

  2. Michele says:

    Yes Gail, A Reliever Of Suffering,
    that you are! I’m not quite sure you intend to be so humorous but you always leave me chuckling. It’s not the obvious humor but your slant on things that I completely identify with! Thank you for that.. Live long! And please let me know what yer suggestions are for that future life.. I wanna be sure to catch up with you then too. xoxox

  3. Yolanda Mendiveles says:

    Hello Gail, I hear you and I can see you on the moving sidewalk. You’ve done a marvelous job of guiding us mortals as we travel our individual numbered life paths. I feel the same way-lean is best when you get older and wiser. You probably will not have to return to Earth. You probably will be able to pick and chose which Planet or Galaxy you’d like to experience next. In the meantime enjoy your self and your family and friends. Thank you for all that you have done for us.

  4. Cheryl Cuttineau says:

    I’m also a 5 life path and a 9 destiny. The changes never stop! And detachment and letting go, Oy Veh–such lessons! I miss having my own home and a furry animal companion but I live with friends and volunteer at a cat sanctuary in town. The fun is never knowing what’s next!
    Thanks Gail!

  5. Catherine Murphy says:

    I also have a 5 life path with a 9 destiny. Most of my life I was on a roller coaster. It was fun fun fun or work work work.
    Letting go is the hardest thing I ever had to do and still letting go! I am grateful to still be here to continue the lessons I need to learn in this human body.
    Thank you Gail ❤️

  6. jean says:

    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading about your life story.

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