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Following some advice from Keith about prioritising and de-stressing, I started making lists. It’s certainly cathartic, if nothing else. Lists of things to do are easy. Clean, pack, check documents, I can do all those with no stress. More problematic are the random worries and fears that I can’t find anything practical to do about. Still, why not try. Put them on a list where I can see them, and address them one by one.
List of worries.
1) I’ll get shaken down for a bribe at passport control.
2) I’ll be crying and shaking and maybe unable to board the plane.
3) The plane won’t be able to take off or will crash on take-off.
4) The weather will be really stormy and it’ll be really dangerous to fly through.
5) It’ll be wet and windy in Heathrow and the plane will crash-land.
Answers to myself.
1) Yes, you may be. Ukrainian passport officials are like that. But you’ve got all the right documentation so it’s much more unlikely.
2) You’ve only actually cried once, and you’ve always got on the plane. It won’t be any different this time. Plus, you cried on the metro the other week. It’s not like anyone pointed or laughed.
3) How many times have you watched the take-off video?! Could you learn any slower?!
4) The weather forecast for tomorrow looks fine. Even if it wasn’t, it wouldn’t be dangerous.
5) Wet and windy doesn’t equal crash landing. It’s ALWAYS miserable weather when you fly into Heathrow. And you always have that smug little thought as you walk away from the plane, ‘Ah, English weather, I have NOT missed you.’ You’ll have that exact same thought tomorrow evening. Don’t forget to pack a jumper.
So instead of thinking about that stuff, think about this stuff.
- Seeing my family again.
- Meeting old friends.
- English food.
- Pubs (cider!!!!)
- BC Vietnam reunion :D :D :D
Now go and crack open the champagne with admin and close the school up for the summer!
I feel a bit better now :)