The Importance of Overcoming the Fear of Flying
Seeing Loved Ones
Do you have family and friends that live far away, but can only see them when they come to you? Leaving the burden of visits solely on your loved ones has the potential of altering your relationships. Not everyone understands how serious of a fear this can be, and others may feel that you aren’t putting the effort into seeing them that you should be. Not only that, flying can be a costly affair, and it can cause rifts in your relationships if you are requiring people to purchase plane tickets when you never do. YOU may know that it is not out of selfishness, but other people may not comprehend your feelings on flying. Relationships are about give and take, and you don’t want the people you care about thinking you only take because of your restricted forms of transportation.
Constantly seeing pictures of people on exotic vacations is disheartening when you know you cannot experience it yourself due to your fear of flying. The world is a tremendous place filled with ample opportunity to see it. Unfortunately, most places are inaccessible without flying there. Not only are you missing out on traveling with friends and family, but traveling the world teaches you about other cultures. Seeing the world is an important part of becoming a culturally rounded individual, and you can learn a lot from seeing new things. Overcoming this fear could open up the world to you, literally and figuratively.
Make a list of the weddings, the births, the bridal and baby showers, the funerals and other important events that you have missed out on because of the inability to get there. Look at this list and acknowledge how much better you would feel if you could have been there for your family and friends. People move for various reasons and missing out on important parts of other people’s lives because of Aviophobia is heartbreaking. You want to be there when your child gets married, or your first grandchild is born. Don’t regret being absent from another event you want to go to because of your fears, overcome them.
The job market is gradually improving, but there are still limited jobs out there. You limit your opportunities when you are unable to travel, because many companies require their employees to fly for trainings, meetings, seminars etc. You decrease the amount of jobs available when you aren’t willing to travel for them.
There are so many colleges that offer amazing programs in today’s world. Limiting how far you travel for school can be detrimental to your future. This can limit your growth, and potentially your future. Some of the best schools for your chosen career path may not be close to home, and you don’t want to miss out of these incredible opportunities just because you cannot get there. Many schools also offer travel abroad programs that can expand your horizons even further. Education is important, and limiting your options based on location is not a situation you want to find yourself in.
Granted, there are ways to get around traveling by airplane to avoid dealing with your fears, but these options take time. There are cars, boats, trains, ferries, buses, and other options to get around, but these options are much more time consuming. For example, it would take you approximately 40 – 50 hours to drive from New York to California, 2 straight days of driving. Meanwhile, a flight with the same departure and arrival locations would take about 6 hours. People work, and they don’t always have the vacation time they would need to drive long distances. Furthermore, in emergency situations you are not always given ample time to get from point A to point B. A wife in labor would want her husband getting to her as quickly as possible if he was out of town, and would not want to wait for him to drive to her, when he could fly using a fraction of the time.
If you have aviophobia, you are probably aware of the times you have missed out on. You have probably experienced a feeling of emptiness after not making it to a funeral to say goodbye to an old friend, or missing a family trip, or any of the other situations you felt limited in due to your fears. It is important you acknowledge how much your quality of life could improve if you let us help you overcome your fears.
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