I met my first "stressor" right here at the Boston airport. Let me define a stressor first.Stressor: any event that provokes a stress is called a stressor. A stressor can be something external from the outside world or internal. Mine was a delayed take off.The stressor disturbed my homeostasis- my stable internal environment.So my 6.45pm is now bumped up to an 11:30pm take off since the plane has some hydraulics issues. Thankfully a new plane, coming from Detroit, will be replacing the original airplane.As of now it looks like I have very narrowly averted a disaster because due to the 5 hour delay, this means 5 hours of layover time in Schiphol has been lost, meaning my layover in the Netherlands is just a slim 45 minutes. Looks like I'll have to run and catch my connecting flight to New Delhi! The flight attendant had full faith in my sprinting abilities and he was also helpful and kind enough to change my seat from the middle of the plane to near the gate so that I could exit as soon as we land in Schiphol, Amsterdam.So the lesson learnt here is - expect the unexpected. Be prepared for events you planned and for those that appear without notice. Having a plan B is always a good idea.Keeping my fingers crossed, I didn't have to change any variables - I just needed to tweak the logistics a bit.On the plus side, the airlines provided the passengers numerous drinks, snacks, fruits and sandwiches. Also, Sudoku and playing cards can make the time pass a lot quicker. I even made friends with a lady who was flying to Ghana, Africa to see her family.As I'm waiting for a "healthy plane" to arrive, I'm wondering what other twists and turns and curve balls I might have to dodge.