“…I wanted to reach out and let you know that I had the best flights I ever have had! I even slept for the majority of both flights, and I even fell asleep during turbulence and during take off on my second flight!! Only to wake up gliding smoothly along. Wow it’s like I am a completely different person. I’ve never been able to sleep on the plane let alone during turbulence or takeoff. I found that I was reminding myself when we were bumping around how little we were actually varying in altitude. The plane felt stronger to me, even though it was no different than any other plane but I knew more about it and all the systems in place. I kept finding myself saying “what would Tim say right now” and then answering myself saying “everything is completely normal”.
You may never know how much that pre-flight call at the airport meant. I was hugging my partner outside begging to be driven home and saying things like, “I can’t do this”. I reluctantly went into the airport thinking, “ok if this anxiety gets any worse I will just turn around.” When I got through security and your number came up on my phone, it was all of a sudden a relief. You calmed me down and explained what I can expect on the flight and instantly I felt ready and prepared. I didn’t want to turn back at that point, I knew I could do this!
As we pushed back from the gate and I heard all those “scary noises” and the lights flicked off for a second and turned back on, I smiled to myself as I knew what all of that meant, I knew this was normal and everything was gonna be ok.
I know I will need to keep working on the normalization of flying, but this really has changed my life. I love to travel and see the world and if I don’t have to constantly worry about the flying part of travel this really has saved me many, many unnecessary stressful hours.
Thank you so much for everything…”