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I was never scared of flying until I was about 25. After that I became petrified - although I flew a few times a year, I would always grip the seat handles, be tense throughout and jump at every noise. The worst was just before I was about to go on honeymoon, I had complete hysterics in the toilet at the airport thinking "I've just got married and now I'm going to die!". However, since having children and flying quite regularly with them from Scotland to Cornwall each year, the fear has dissipated - I think it was the fact that I had to look out for them and make sure they were OK and I was utterly determined not to show them I was frightened. I also read Flying Without Fear, which helped greatly.
However, my husband and I have booked to go to New York in March - it is a lifelong dream of mine to go there and I am so excited. But... ever since I booked the flight, the irrational, fearful thoughts about the flight have been popping into my head and I don't really know why. It might be that we are going without our children and so I won't have them there to ground me. Also, very irrationally I feel that I will be leaving them and never seeing them again.
So, I am determined to get back to where I was - in a place where - dare I say it - I actually enjoyed flying. I feel I just need to take my time to go through all the information and get my head in a place where I can look forward to the flight rather than be already worrying about it.
It is such a big trip for us and I don't want to spoil it with these fears, so I am going to look at the website, read the book and watch the videos (a little a day) and do my best to fight the fear.