This is for those of you that have a fear……… any fear…….. the fear of flying, the fear of overcoming fear, the fear of changing poopy diapers!!! I am going to share the story of my first time flying and my fear of flying, then I will commit to conquering my fear!
“Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; wherever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable.”
― Earl Nightingale
About 6 years ago my fiance and I planned a trip to Ontario so I could meet his Dad, his Dad’s wife and some of his family before we got married. We booked our flight, they made the arrangements to pick us up from the airport and drop us off, so it seemed pretty easy and straight forward.
I recall feeling excited yet feeling a little nauseous when I pictured myself flying in an airplane. We joked about it and I figured since I had only flown by plane when I was an infant it was just nerves.
Once I arrived at the airport everything began to spin a little and I was very thirsty. Most of the boarding process was a blur and I remember clinging on to my fiance’s hand a lot!! He took very good care of me and bought me a pillow and blanket and held me close to him. I chewed some gum when we took off and switched between looking out the window and burying my head into his shoulder!!
By the time we landed and then went through the motions of getting off, getting our luggage, meeting his Dad and Dad’s wife and driving to their house I was a mess of nerves!! Thankfully I brought my running shoes and was able to run it off……..however…… I learned a valuable lesson here as well. *********Free runner tip************* When running in Ontario in -20 weather yoga pants are NOT warm enough! I ended up with a frostbitten bottom.
I told a bit of this story in one of my podcast episodes and Phoebe from, Miami Helicopter, reached out to me and shared some a fantastic resource to help me overcome my fear of flying. It is such a well put together article that I believe it could help many people to overcome many different types of fears.
So a big shout out to Phoebe!! I didn’t realize I have not been on a plane since and now that I am aware I declare, I will overcome my fear and fly again!!!! One of the amazing wonders I was able to see was Niagara Falls. It was so beautiful and I am grateful to my, then parents in law for taking us.
Soon the time came to head home and things began to spin as soon as I sat in the car. My memory is still pretty foggy about checking our luggage and boarding the plane. When it took off the shuddering and shaking really scared me. I felt like I was being really silly and overreacting but I was truly terrified. I fell asleep quickly holding on tightly to my fiance.
NO ONE told me that when you fly into Vancouver airport it looks as if you are going to land in the ocean. I woke up and looked out the window to a view of all ocean. I could feel the plane dropping down and my heart jumped into my chest. I gripped onto my fiance’s hand very tightly and began to panic.
He chuckled and reminded me that we were landing at a place surrounded by water. I woke up at the worst moment for someone who is terrified of flying!!!
All of this took place without the conscious realization that I had a fear of flying. As I read the article from Miami Helicopter, I began to see just how afraid I was and still am. This is a fear I wish to conquer, therefore, I will begin to plan a trip and work towards overcoming my fear!! Perhaps I will go to Miami first!!
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- Photo credit to Logan Kane of LBK Photography