It was the summer of my junior year and I had just landed my dream internship at a top fashion magazine. I was going to be working in the fashion closet, organizing clothes and accessories for photo shoots. I was thrilled, but there was one tiny problem: I had a serious case of aviophobia, or a fear of flying. Just the thought of getting on a plane made my heart race and my palms sweat. I knew I had to face my fears head-on if I wanted to succeed in my career, so I decided to take some baby steps.
I started by reading articles and watching videos about flying. I learned about the history of aviation and how planes are designed to stay in the air. I also read accounts from people who had overcome their fear of flying. hearing their stories made me feel more hopeful that I could do it too.
Next, I booked a flight to a nearby city for a weekend getaway. I made sure to choose a nonstop flight and a seat near the window so I could see the takeoff and landing. The day of the flight, I was a nervous wreck. My heart was pounding and I had to take deep breaths to keep from hyperventilating. But I made it through the takeoff and landing, and even managed to enjoy the view from my window seat.
After that, I took a few more short flights, including one cross-country. Each time, I felt a little more comfortable and my fear began to dissipate. I even started to enjoy the experience of flying and marvel at the incredible technology that keeps us safe in the skies.
Now, I fly regularly for work and pleasure, and I can honestly say that I’ve stopped worrying and learned to love flying. If I can do it, I believe anyone can.