Yup, it’s official. I’ll be helping out a nonprofit on Warped Tour and I will be flying out to the Chicago show. I’m pretty scared of going alone but I’m going to learn about what to expect before I go, and hopefully I’ll have things to do on the plane so I won’t think about being on it. 17 months ago
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How I did it: It's hard to explain but I used to be afraid of heights and flying seemed the scariest possible situation. But I started with smaller heights, like ladders, and then going to the top of a skyscraper, and I started not to be scared of any of it anymore. I still felt a little nervous about going on a plane so I watched some videos on YouTube of takeoffs and landings, the scary parts, to familiarize myself with it. When those stopped scaring me I felt like I was ready. I wasn't nervous at all when I booked the flight, when I went to the airport, when I was waiting for my flight, or when I got on the plane. Even when it took off, it just felt completely natural somehow and I never got scared at all!
So up until this year I was terrified of flying and wouldn’t even consider getting on a plane. It’s not because I’m afraid of plane crashes – I’m actually not afraid of them at all. I just had a terrible fear of heights, and for me, being in a plane was the culmination of that fear and just out of the question. My family and friends have been on lots of vacations without me because I refused to get on a plane.
But this year, I dunno, I overcame so many of my fears and one of them was heights. It sounds silly but it started out with having to climb up a really tall (but sturdy!) ladder for my job. At first I was like, “no way am I doing that,” but I had to. I felt so light headed but I held on really tight, and when I got to the top, it was actually pretty cool that I was so high up and I could see the entire store. Then later in the year, my friend wanted to go to the top of a skyscraper for her birthday and I shocked myself by saying “why not?” It wasn’t the hugest, but about 72 floors or something like that, and I wasn’t scared at all. I got a little nervous just before going up, but I had no anxious feelings at all when I looked down at the city. I just thought it was beautiful and amazing.
And now, the thought of flying is just the next step up. Again, it sounds a little scary if I overthink it and makes me feel a little nervous in the pit of my stomach, but overall I’m not terrified and I don’t feel any reason to avoid it. And just in time, an opportunity has presented itself! I applied a while back to help out a nonprofit that is going on the Warped Tour music festival, and I’m pretty close to getting to do it, and if so I will likely have to fly either to get to my first city or to come home after my last city. But if not I think I just may treat myself to that UK vacation I’ve always wanted to go on.
It’s hard for me to convey how amazing this transformation is and how absolutely terrified I used to be of flying… I feel like I haven’t put any effort in and the fear just disappeared on its own. I don’t get it, but I’ll take it! 17 months ago
How I did it: a friend purchased a plane ticket for me and basically cajoled me into flying, even though i was scared. i flew alone from milwaukee to st louis (a 1.25 hour ride). i was most afraid of the airport, to be honest, having heard horror stories. but all the staff was nice and helpful and i got through it without a problem. the take-off was the most unsettling part, but it didn't last long. overall, i'm SUPER glad that my friend made it possible for me to have this experience... and now i'm hooked! i want to fly all over! Read how I did it… 2 years ago