Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

I hate to fly. No - I'm scared to death to fly. The last time I was on an airplane the thing did one of those rapid descents that frightened the living sh*% out of me. That was about 18 years ago.
Now, my family lives a thousand miles away. DH has repeatedly asked me to consider flying there next time we go. I thought and thought and thought. But I can't do it. Last time I took a train there and although the 23 hour trip wasn't horrible, it was hardly a day at the beach either. The drive takes us a day and a half each way. Years ago, this wasn't a big deal. The kids had the same vacations from school and we had plenty of time. Not the case now.
This year, my fear of flying cost me the opportunity to go to RWA Nationals. Much as I want to get over the phobia, I can't seem to bring myself to do it. And I know - statistically, I'm much safer in a plane than in my car. But in my car, I'm in control. Have I mentioned I have control issues?
I have a feeling I will fly again someday, but not yet. What about you? Any fears that keep you from doing things you want to?


julia said...

I have a phone-out phobia, meaning I will avoid calling people if at all possible. This is ok at home, but at work I get a huge level of stress every time I have to pick up the phone and call out, even within the office.

Accepting phone calls is fine, but really I'd rather live the rest of my life without having to talk on the phone. Can you see the day-to-day problems that arise out of my particular phobia? And my stress level is phobia city.

Isabella Snow said...

Gawd I hate flying.


Dara Edmondson said...

OK - I'm glad there are others out there who also have some irrational fears;-)