How I Overcame My Fear of Flying

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Traveling has always been a big part of my life, and airplane flights are no exception. I never had any anxiety before a flight, and happily went along with a pretty invincible mentality. That is, until a little thing called turbulence kicked in.

Okay, so it wasn’t like I had never experienced turbulence before. Pretty much every flight I’ve ever been on has had its moments. This one particular time though, was unlike any other. I’ll spare you all the details, but overall that cloak of invincibility was stripped away, and I suddenly realized that something could happen. Thankfully, nothing terrible did.

Since I have an extreme desire to see the world, I knew I had to figure something out. There was no way this fear was going to stop me from traveling. Before I headed out on my next flight, I was told that if I needed to I could meet the pilot before takeoff. It can definitely help calm your nerves putting a face to the name. A lot of airlines will allow you to do this if you ask beforehand. Next, someone explained to me that flying is like when you are driving down the freeway with your arm out the window. Your arm stays elevated as you move forward. This is how flying works too, except the air is even thicker and you’re going at even higher speeds. This point has always helped calm my nerves. Last, I was told that if flying wasn’t safe people wouldn’t do it. This worked as a mantra for me many times.

I would be lying if I said I never have moments where I get a little nervous, but overall it’s nothing that has ever stopped me from booking another ticket. I’ve learned to embrace the beauty of being up in the sky again. It’s such a unique feeling that doesn’t need to have a whole lot of what ifs attached.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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