Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Confronting Our Fears


Yesterday we were at Lake Banook in the city of Dartmouth (which is across the harbour
from Halifax) at a public beach. We met Mim, my sister and her dog, Maggie.


We had a great time for over an hour. At one point I could hear a plane overhead 
and looked up.It appeared to be circling around the city to approach the airport for a landing.


It looked magnificent up there flying with the clouds and blue sky.
It got me thinking about my fear of flying which I've had most of my life.
I have and will fly again but you wouldn't believe what I put myself through
before I even get on the plane!


Where did this fear come from? Was it a learned behavior, as my mother would never fly 
and never did. Or is it a 'control thing', which is very possible as I like to have control.


Just a passing thought or two as I glance up into the bright blue sky yesterday afternoon.




19 comments:

  1. I'm afraid of heights
    but feel quite comfortable in a plane.
    Go figure!!
    My only anxiety comes from getting
    to my destination.
    Patience, not my virtue...
    :D~
    HUGZ

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    1. My grandmother's favourite line.....'patience is a virtue'. Funny how we all have our way of internalizing our fears.

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  2. I'm afraid of heights, but not of flying. Although I'm not really a fan of it. I feel too confined in an airplane. Perhaps it is all about having control.

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    1. Oh yes, Martha! I hear you. As soon as that plane door shuts, I may as well be in a submarine!

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  3. I'm lucky enough to not mind flying, but if I had such a fear I don't think I'd be confronting it. The fear would win and I'd only travel by sea, rail or car! You're brave for facing up to it.

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    1. Brave? Maybe so Craig....but next time I'll be seeing my Naturopath to 'do her thing' to help me through. I really like having my feet planted firmly on the ground!! lol

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  4. After my first trip, I swore I would rather walk home. Circumstances made me HAVE to fly again. I loved it! I wish I could fly now, I feel confined, being stuck here on the ground. I loved everything from a little 4-seater to the DC-10.
    Everyone has their fears - no way would I stand as close to the edge of that cliff as you do for some of your shots! I just know I would trip...

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    1. Fears are 'funny things' for sure. I have no problem on those cliffs and looking over because I am in control of it all. On planes, well.....

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  5. Great pictures. I know what you mean about flying although my fears subsided after flying thousands of miles back and forth to Sweden when my family was still alive. If you keep on doing the thing you fear, the fear will eventually wear itself out. I don't know if you read my V post where I talk about flying in a single engine place through NYC airspace, landing at Kennedy? Well, I never did that again and just the thought of it terrifies me. But I'm OK with the big planes. Well, this was probably more than you wanted to know.

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    1. This is good to know Inger! I do remember your trip on that small single-engine plane! I can feel that in my stomach!!
      I suppose you are correct in that if you do it many times, the fear will lessen substantially.

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    1. I know Pat. I wish I was more practical and I would be too!! Maybe I'll start dreaming and the rest will fall into place?!

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  7. Oh the places you could go...
    But where you are is pretty wonderful!
    Planes don't bother me, but stairs and ladders? Shiver me timbers! I'm clumsy and have fallen off ladders and down stairs.

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    1. Yikes!! Watch your step, Terry! We are beginning to look ahead and think about some travelling.

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  8. I hate flying, the only think I can truly think of that I hate....it's a control thing with me, mixed with heights, crowds, fear of falling...Oh my I'm a mess. I will fly if I have to but not without the help of pharmaceuticals! And then, well I just don't give a damn.

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    1. I'm right behind you Joanne! I know it's safer to fly than to drive on the highways but it's the height!! Drugs would work! lol

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  9. Looks like we all come a similar bolt of cloth. . .just appear in different spots. I am fine in a plane until any turbulence. . .then I become as rigid as aan iron rod, hands gripping the arms of the seat. . .and then I work at relaxing. ho ho ho SomeoneS told me "the planes are made to handle turbulence. . .you don't hear of planes falling out of the sky. ." OH? Is that so? Then, where did those "ground wrecks come from"??? The worst for me was flying from Heathrow to Gatwick to change plane. No one told me about that one beforehand: just when it was time to embark. It was an older helicopter: the tail end goes up before the front, and there you are, hanging over the green meadows for a while. GAWD!!! But it would be an awfully long swim from Cape Cod to Ireland! hahaaa So I put up with planes. . .and even sleep! (Sleep can be a form of 'denial'. . .ho ho ho Who cares? LOL I sleep. . . ) ciao ciao. .keep doing it, Jim. ;-)

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