The other night, more or less out of sheer boredom, I was mindlessly shuffling through the TV channels, looking to see if I could spot any new, intriguing TV shows worthy of setting the DVR for. After combing through several of my go-to channels, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Freeform (formerly ABC Family), Food Network, Hallmark Channel, etc, I stumbled upon Travel Channel. In years past, Travel Channel was filled with TV shows that were both as exciting as they were intriguing. Past favorites included: Food Paradise, Disney World specials, as well as other travel-related series. However, in recent years, I started to distance myself from the channel, as I found it was often filled with reruns.
Much to my surprise, while scrolling through TV shows on the Travel Channel, an innovative TV show title caught my eye: Hello Goodbye. The title alone led me to click onto the description and from there forward, the two 30-minute episodes set to air Monday evening at both 11pm and 11:30pm were set to record, so that I would be able to watch it a more convenient time. Last night, as a prelude to winding down for bed, I decided to take a chance and watch the episodes I recorded. After completing both premiere episodes, I was pleasantly surprised to the point where I am still contemplating it today. The overall concept and the stories that unraveled during the episode were unique, some heartwarming and others simply shocking.
For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the new program, it is a docu-series hosted by Curt Menefee, who wanders through some of the United States’ largest airports (i.e. Chicago’s O’Hare airport is one of them) with a video camera in hand, interviewing numerous travelers, asking them where they are headed and what they are up to next on their journeys. Some of their responses were beyond what I would expect, but were fascinating to hear and watch. Some were meeting family members for the first time in over 45 years, others were bringing their family members to the country for the first time, some were even meeting people for the first time in person after forming relationships/friendships online. One couple even became engaged on the episode, after first meeting in high school and reconnecting 20 years later at their high school reunion!
It’s a coincidence a TV show like this is now airing, having said to my mom many times over the year how truly incredible airports are, filled with such stories, insight, and possibilities. Airports connect us from one place to the other, thousands of miles away. There are countless people filling airports each day, each with their own agendas, their own histories, and are en route to continue their stories. The show was filled with such anticipation in knowing this, unaware of who we would meet next. It led me to wonder about my own life; how an airport could lead me to somewhere or someone. There are many places I’d love to visit, someday, some close, some far, but new to me, all the same. The show was a captivating one and provides me with possibility in knowing truly anything is possible if we have the courage and bravery to pursue it.
If you haven’t yet seen Hello Goodbye, I encourage you to take a look, perhaps you’ll end up being as inspired or intrigued as I was.