Well I made it to and from Stockholm last weekend in one piece and my boyfriend gave me an 8.5 out of 10! The flight out was excellent, very nervous before we boarded but I relaxed very quickly after take off; it was probably the most relaxed flight I've ever had, don't ask me why because I don't know, it just happened! Amazingly, I even managed to get up and use the toilet for the first time in about 17 years; I didn't even really need to go, I just thought I felt like I could get up and walk around, so I did. Normally I'm rooted to the seat because I feel like if I stand up I'm going to fall out of the plane (weird I know), so that felt like a proper achievement and I'm really pleased I managed to do it.
But I partially undid my good work on the return flight - we unexpectedly had a Boeing 767 instead of a 737 (which I'm very used to), which was much larger inside, and it really threw me. I've never been on a plane with a middle row of seats inside, and it just looked so huge that I almost went to pieces. I just doubted that it would get off the ground and stay up, which is weird because I always thought I was more scared of small planes. Then I started worrying that the take-off would be much more noisy and powerful, and I got quite scared. But I gritted my teeth and stayed put, and though it took me a good hour to settle in, I was OK in the end - but remained rather tense throughout. The good news is, it hasn't put me off doing it again; at least when the time comes to go further and get on a larger plane, I'll know a little bit more what to expect!
Thanks to those who left me messages before I went, including Captain Keith - it was very much appreciated and I always think of my fellow forum members when I'm at the airport! The prospect of writing up my success story is a really strong motivation too, so thanks again and I hope to read about your successful flights too! Another tick in the box for us all! Lots of love :D