Preparing for the Flight

cockpitOne thing about getting older for me is that I have become more and more terrified of flying. It was when I became a mother and aware of the implications of my own mortality that the uneasiness set in, ever so slightly. I developed coping strategies over the years and I am ok with short flights, once the flight is over 4 hours, I have run out of things to do and I begin to suffer, my heads feels like it will explode any second. Returning from California a couple of years ago I thought I was going to die.

If I was doing this trip then I would have to tackle the issue of flying, so back in the spring I attended the BA Fly with Confidence course. It was such a relief to be in a room full of people who felt the same. The course was brilliant and at least I understood how it all works though I am not sure the brain will be able to communicate it to the rest of my body once in the air. So just in case, I have been to the doctor and have got something to take the edge off.

At the airport just before leaving I kept thinking I was going to be sick and I said to my kids, the cause was not the thought of a year away but the prospect of getting on a plane for close to 12 hours. Yet my desire to do this trip is much greater that my fear. Fear can be insidious, starts with one thing and it if you are not careful it can take over your life. Time to grab this one by the horns…

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