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The more I fly, the more I fear

March 13, 2009
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My first memory of being on a plane was when I was 5 years old. Since then, other than a couple of years during secondary school, I’ve spent every year of my life regularly travelling by plane. In recent years with work I started using frequent flyer cards and have actually accumulated enough miles to buy a flight (although I haven’t spent them yet!).

Last year while on my 6 month jolly around the world (it feels so long ago?!) I was on a plane pretty much every other week, on various airlines and experienced the best and worst of what flying has to offer. The point of all this? Well, I thought the more you fly the more you get used to it no? …HELL NO!

I am steadily becoming a more nervous flyer and I don’t get it. I can’t sleep properly, my mind can’t settle, every bump makes me wonder if something is wrong, I have to put my earphones in as I wonder about the noise changes in the engine and what that might mean?! And it doesn’t start when I’m on the plane, it starts the night before I fly. I’m clearly turning into a wimp! WTF?! It hasn’t always been like this so I’m wondering if this is a function of age? I used to look forward to flying but now, it’s slowly turning into the opposite.

I’m not going to stop getting on planes and I’m not yet so bad as to need assistance with flying (drugs etc, although a brandy in my tea does help!) but I am sick of feeling anxious.

I’ve just got home from a 6am flight from Geneva (rude time of the day) which was actually smooth as anything. But I can’t stand small planes (London City Airport can’t take the biguns) as they are more sensitive to turbulence so I was all tied up in knots while at Geneva airport. Now, as I sit in my flat and feel those knots unwinding I really wonder about this new wimpish side to my character.

I might have to go and get hypno-therapy or sutting!

(Picture is one I took from the plane on a flight from Jamaica to Barbados last year while we were flying over Grenada or St Lucia (can’t remember which). I miss my trip!!)

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Danny Bagucci permalink
    March 15, 2009 2:51 pm

    wow… u surely are nejoying yrself o!!!!! thx for stopping by mine.. Hopefully u’ll update us on your journeys around the world!

  2. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 15, 2009 9:54 pm

    I certainly manage to enjoy when I get where I’m going, it’s the getting there that’s starting to bug!

  3. Vera Ezimora permalink
    March 17, 2009 5:23 pm

    Lolo is a wimp! Iya iya oh!!! Hehehehe

  4. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 17, 2009 5:27 pm

    @Vera makes me sick to my stomach, but alas it is true…bleuch…

  5. RocNaija permalink
    March 18, 2009 7:12 am

    Someone once said.. “when you fly. consider yourself dead until you land..”

    For some reason that always comes to mind when I board a plane..

  6. March 19, 2009 4:16 am

    So i just came across your blog and i must say it’s quite interesting. I’ve been on it for a while going through old posts and from your links to TED videos to news links, I’ve been thoroughly enlightened and entertained! I will definitely keep this in my bookmark.

  7. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 19, 2009 6:21 pm

    @RocNaija – I’m def gonna remember that one next time I’m flying, I don’t know if it will help, but anything goes now! lol!

    @JJ Welcome! And thank you for visiting, I shall do my best to keep it up! 🙂

  8. wordmerchant permalink
    March 19, 2009 7:27 pm

    I don’t enjoy flying either…hate take offs and landings….i break out in sweats and pray till am off the plane.

    i think i am new here…nice blog

  9. Jaguda permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:11 pm

    LOL. I can definitely relate. There was a time I fky every week for work, and the more I got on a plane the more nervous I got. I had to watch movies on my laptop to distract me or drink nyquil before the flight….lol

  10. LoloBloggs permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:04 pm

    @wordmerchant welcome! Glad I’m not the only one saying prayers!

    @Jaguda nyquil? thats a new one I’ll check it out! I’m def up on the distration theory tho, I try and think about anything else…not working tho…hmph..

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