The seat was comfortable, and I tried to stay calm.
Bizarrely, a million mundane thoughts flew through my head. Now, of all times. Maybe it was a subconscious distraction from that voice – that inescapable voice, going on and on.
Finally, it said: “Three, two, one… Lift-off.”
And everything changed.
Jason Ward is a journalist living in Southeast Asia. He also writes thewordofward.co.uk