Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I need to get over it.

Does ANYONE else get afraid to fly before a trip?  I do.  And I hate it... both the flying part and the scaredy-cat part.  The weird thing is, this 'fear of flying' thing only came about as I've gotten older.  I'm pretty sure I've nailed down WHY I'm afraid of flying, though.

Total lack of control.

Not that I'm a control-freak or anything (I'm really not) but flying is pretty much the only time that you have NO CONTROL WHATSOEVER and guess what??  If the plane is goin' down... so are you.  I know, I know... statistically you're more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash but I just feel more safe in a car than I do in a plane because I have control (or Lee does or whoever is driving does).  I had this conversation the other day with my friend's dad who happens to be a pilot for my FAVORITE airline (Delta!!) and this is what he said to me... "Bri... flying is really safe.  But when I'm not in the cockpit flying the plane and I'm back in the cabin with all the regular people, I'm scared, too."

Uuuummm.  Not helping.  EVEN THE PILOTS ARE SCARED TO FLY!!  He told me that he agrees that the fear comes from the lack of control... and then he went on to tell me about the most difficult and scary airports to land in or take off from.... two of which I'll be landing/taking off from tomorrow.  Sheesh.  Thanks a lot, Mr. Pilot. 

On a happier note... THIS is what we had for dinner last night and OH MAN, was it good.  I put the kibosh on the pre-made pizza dough (I make waaaaay better dough from scratch... plus I was feeling lazy) and went with garlic naan bread as the pizza crust.  If you haven't had the naan from TJ's... you have to try it... and if you live in Utah without Trader Joe's, HAHAHAHAAAHA (I kid).  It was the perfect thing to create a personalized pizza on... and prep time + broiler time = 10 minutes and we were chowing down.  Delish.  This will definitely stay on the menu rotation. 

Tomorrow I am flying to San Francisco to see my baby sister before she moves to Panama for TWO years (she joined the Peace Corps... she's a saint like that).  Blackberry blogging, here I come!

Are YOU afraid of flying (please help a girl out here)?  If not, what are you afraid of?

Garmin stats: 5.5 miles/41 minutes. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won't you be my neighbor?

1 comment:

  1. Ok, so weird you posted about this issue because I thought I was the only one who has been feeling this way. I travel a couple times a year for work and it wasn't until I was married that all the sudden I was a little scared of flying. I was nervous if there was any turbulence and I would find myself anxious and telling myself, "it's okay, I fly all the time." I don't know why it changed for me but I guess the fact that I was married and felt like if something happened to me, I would be leaving my husband a young widower. I'm a little more calm if we're flying together, that way, if the plane goes down, we go down together. I'm a weirdo, I know.


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