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Just posting about my upcoming trip to Venice on Tuesday, a trip we won in a competition. Yep, I've got no-one to blame but myself now the time has come to take the flights.
I've only flown a few times in my life and most recently to Barcelona with my young children and partner. Nothing bad has happened to me other than in my own head but now I feel I'm pushing my luck a bit by travelling in consecutive months. I will remind myself that it's many people's jobs to be in the air every day ...
I'm hoping that I'll feel a bit more relaxed this time having flown last month even though I won't have my children's needs to distract me. I have a very hard time with 'uncertainty', and if a particular outcome, particularly with regard to flying, isn't 'certain' then I tend to think it's my duty to worry about and expect the worst outcome. I know this 'all or nothing' type of thinking is unrealistic and unhelpful but it's where I'm at! I hope to change that a little bit at a time each time I face a fear like flying.
Something Keith told me recently has been very helpful. He told me about all the hours and all the trips the pilots would have been flying while I wasn't, and that they won't be sitting around worrying about a flight to Venice on Tuesday. To them it's just another item on the roster. I'm trying to hold on to this attitude myself, and although I don't have total control of my feelings, give myself permission to think / behave / feel like this - just another flight that I don't need to overthink before the event.
Hopefully this might help someone. It's helped me, anyway!
I'll report back on my experiences next week, especially If I discover the secret to fearless flying :-)