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Fearless Flying – Getting There

January 24, 2010

Once again I found myself making a trip to D.C. for business. Included on this trip was an additional trip for a business retreat in Virginia. I know I haven’t mentioned this before but; I am a very, very nervous flyer. It all began about 11 years ago when my husband and I went on our honeymoon. I’ll leave that story for another time. Suffice to say ever since I’ve been a very, very nervous flyer. In other words, if you are on a plane and a women sits next to you and says — do you mind talking? I hope you take her seriously because — she really, really wants to talk, and for you to talk so that she can be completely immersed in the conversation and keep her mind off the fact that she is flying. That person could be me. And if its a long flight — well — you know the line “Fasten you seatbelt darling, it’s going to be a bumpy ride”.

I’m not THAT bad. Really, well, maybe a little bit. As long as I can talk and you talk back — I’m pretty good about the flying thing. It gives me a lot to write about later too!

So, on this past trip, I had something happen that may be a cornerstone for me. I managed to help someone else through their slight fear of landing (and taking off) by talking to them (and holding a hand) and laughing through nearly the entire trip! It was possibly the best airplane ride I ever encountered. I actually felt happy as I zipped across the sky knowing that if anything did happen — I would have big laugh lines on my face.

I truly hope this is a turning point for me on my nervous flying because I have a son to see on the West Coast and Italy calling me back for another visit (if the Parisian’s will ever forgive me). Like I said – I’ll save that one for another time.

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