Excellent thread started by JolieGal, I must say ! I always felt that I am the only one who is scared of flying and off late its been a little more as there is always a lot of clouds and finally turbulence near Bali and Surabaya. Surabaya landing is specially scary, something wrong with the wind there, landing is extremly turbulent.
Well, off late I analysed that somehow some fears are predominantly occupying my mind. After the recent series of earthquakes, I fear about earthquake at home and office. Recent air accidents and excessive turbulence in Indoensia skies make me fear flying and I certainly get a little distrubed sleep at night at my hotel in Bali, fearing tsunami, of-course, as its right on the beach and no escape seems possible.
The only way I have been able to bring these anxieties to rest is by telling myself or rather rediculing myself for fears and telling myself that there has to be some place where I can escape fear. While I am flying, I am shit scared and wish that the plane lands quickly so that I can quickly get home and then I can feel safe, but suddenly it reminds me that even at home I fear earthquakes and at hotel I fear Tsunami...then what the hell will make me feel safe beyond this particular flight ? The moment this thought comes to my mind, the reality dawns on me that its all about mind....mind tricks you into fearing the situation you are in and to counter it, you have to learn to trick the mind into believeing that all these things are out of your control. If you are destined to die in a plane crash, nothing can ever stop it and when the something goes wrong up in the skies, you can not do anything about it. Its rather better to sleep away your journey and let all this pass. Plug in ur ipod, tune in some cool music, close off your eyes and let yourself be oblivious about whatever is happening around...unless you are sitting in an exit row and you have to pay attention to when they shout EVACUATE EVACUATE........
I have also been watching some episodes of 'Aircrash Investigators' on Discovery and by what they say, it sounds that Air Planes are quiet safe now, still, they keep discovering something new with every crash.........but, the fact is that Air Industry is still in its early years and maturing.