I have a fear of flying, and I am wondering if anyone else on here has that fear, and if they overcame it?
I used to not be afraid to fly. Growing up my family flew all the time, and then TWA Flight 800 went down the day before we left on a trip on TWA (I think I was 10 or 11 at the time). From that point on I had nightmares any time we were getting ready to fly somewhere. It didn't help that a family friend was in the coast guard and was telling us the stories of pulling people from the water
. My mom, who never really liked flying, was fine with driving and so we started to drive everywhere. When I was 16 I tried to get over my fear by pursuing a pilot license. I almost completed my license, but chickened out one day and refused to get on the plane.
Then I was offered the chance to go to Europe for my high school graduation. I was afraid but I didn't want to miss the chance. So I went, the flights there were smooth. But, then when we were returning they thought we were going to crash at O'hare in Chicago (the announcement was made and everything). I refused to get on the connecting flight (luckily my aunt lives in Chicago), and my aunt picked us up at the airport and we drove back to Iowa the next day. I decided to try for my pilots license again. And, again I almost completed it but chickened out one day and refused to get back on the plane.
In 2008, I had an exam at college the day after I showed a horse in AZ. So, I had to fly to AZ and back from AZ. The flight was fine, but I cried the whole way down and the whole way back. I was so scared. I took my boyfriend with (it was his first flight) and he got drunk before the flight since he was nervous. Luckily the flight attendant sat and held my hand. It was the same woman down and back, so that helped too.
Anyway, I really would like to get over this fear. One of my classes is offering a study abroad component, and I would love to go. It wouldn't be until December, and I am excited at the prospect of going but freaked out by flying. My grandpa is a pilot and is going to start working with me (he is the one who encouraged me to get my license in the first place), but I was wondering... what other people do. How do you get on a plane if you are afraid? If you aren't afraid why not? If you used to be afraid how did you overcome that fear? I know the irrationality, and I understand the sensationalism in the media regarding plane crashes, but I still have trouble with it.