and.... it better be possible to drive.
I'm scared of lots of stuff, but there's no fear I want to overcome more than my fear of flying. Not only does the anxiety I feel over the impending flight ruin my anticipation and enjoyment of a trip, but it negatively affects my travel companions too.
My friend Rachel was flying for the first time on our girl's trip to the beach a few years ago, and I had no idea it was her first flight until recently... because on our flights, it was ALL about me. I was like, "Rachel, hold my hand. Rachel, I'm so scared. Rachel, how can Dana sleep at a time like this, I'm terrified! Rachel, where's that flight attendant with my vodka?!" I never asked or cared about her experience, I was too overcome with fear.
It turns out, at least I'm in good company. One of my favorite bloggers talks about her fear of flying, and describes it like she and I have the same brain, but hers has an extra humor section mine lacks and more free use of profanity in written language. I highly recommend you read this post, if you like funny things:
Jesus doesn't frown on a lot of things but I'm pretty sure he hates airplanes....
I was recently watching my DVD episodes of Sex and the City, which is my favorite show ever, and it was the episode where Carrie and Samantha take a three-day train ride to California so Carrie doesn't have to fly. My thoughts exactly. Except she's a bit surprised by how limited the accommodations are...
It might be a long trip and tight quarters, but I'd take it if it means I don't have to be in a plane and endure several straight hours of sheer panic.
Apparently many celebrities also fear flying, and it's their JOB to do it (see here.) So I guess I should at least be glad that I don't HAVE to fly.
But someday, I want to go to a tropical island and see Paris, and long flights will be necessary. I'm going to need some serious counseling and a strong prescription for that.
How about you? Afraid to fly? Any other phobias you'd like to overcome?