Like any rational person, I hate flying. However, I would rather fly a few hours than drive 20. To be honest, I hate all modes of transportation and don’t like to be seated longer than 3 hours or I’ll start loosing my head.
My upcoming trip to Seattle got me thinking about how I combat my fear of flying and if it could help others. I know, I’m such a helpful person. You’re welcome.
First and foremost, I approach myself like a 5-year old. I pack a bag with the following essentials:
- EAR BUDS. Essential for turning up, drowning noise, ignoring coworkers and pretending I can’t hear what my husband is saying.
- Fully charged phone and or tablet with preloaded movies I can watch while said device is on airplane mode.
- Mobile charger because I’m going to drain my devices due to watching aforementioned movies.
- The Mindfulness Coloring Book and color pencils. I can color the seat in front of me or “color my way to peace and calm,” you decide.
- Booze. 9 times out of 10, I’ve had a drink before I’ve even stepped on the plane. Don’t get drunk, they won’t allow you to board if you’re inebriated. Just a little something to take the edge off. Of course, you could always request anxiety meds from your doctor but that’s not necessary for me.
- Seating matters. Although I’m scared of heights, I like to sit next to the window. It’s more spacious and I would like to be the first to know if we’re going to take a nosedive; thereby, facing death in the eyes!
Other Tips: View turbulence as a bumpy road, don’t eat those pissy free snacks, order (another) cocktail, understand that cruising altitude is when you’ll be most comfortable, and keep busy (Refer to bag of essentials).
It’s almost time to land! This is when we become the most religious or spiritual we’ve ever been in our heathen lives. Fix it Jesus.
L-A-N-D! Look at us, we’re survivors *insert Destiny’s Child’s Survivor*
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