If we’re connected on Facebook, then you already know how I spent last week circling the East Coast for a possible business opportunity(s). It was a wonderful trip for many different reasons, which I will break up and share in the next couple of posts.
First and foremost, I must express my deepest gratitude and thanks to my host(s.) But, also to the Hilton, American Airlines, and the driver who was holding a sign with my name on it :) I haven’t felt that spoiled in a very long time (well, with the exception of a friend who also spoiled me for an evening here awhile back.) Normally, I am hosted where ever I go for business, and am very grateful for whatever accommodations and arrangements are made. But, this was above-board and felt like first class treatment, so it was just a neat experience to have. It was the first time in awhile that I got to dress up for dinners/meetings and go out on the town again too, which is always fun, no matter what the purpose. A big thank you to Savannah, Georgia as well, for all your charm and grace once again ~ it was good to be back!
Up, Up and Away!
So, I am terrified of flying, right…? Well, I had five flights to take during that week. There’s nothing like a whole lot of practice to get you over yours fears real quick, lol! Feel the fear and do it anyways my friends! :) It reminded me of our Hawaii experience all over again. At least I’ve come to know my preferences for flying now, so if you share this fear, perhaps these ideas could help you too.
First, I learned that I can feel claustrophobic at times (well, just when I’m trapped in some tiny, roaring airliner without a parachute strapped to my back) so I found that if it’s a smaller plane (3 seats or less) then having an aisle seat greatly helps reduce the anxiety I feel. However, if it’s a larger plane, I definitely prefer a window seat, so I can take some fabulous pictures!
(I might just add that we’re speaking of commercial flights here. My experiences and feelings flying on some Learjet or private aircraft have all been very good. Perhaps, it’s a trust thing, or simply the intense zoned focus which accompanies a mission… At any rate, I was assured on my very first flight out that the pilots were both sober and well rested, lol!)
Secondly, and in either case, the most important aspect for me seems to be sitting as close to the front of the plane as possible ~ or at least, ahead of the wings. I learned that, due to noise and rattling, this can greatly reduce the feelings and thoughts that the whole plane is literally going to fall apart, upon take off or while landing.
It also appears that if you seem to be losing consciousness or something, the stewardess will make that horribly loud dinging sound a couple of times to help bring you back around, so at least you can trust that someone’s keeping an eye on you.
Last but not least, don’t forget the gum! This was a rather helpful tip from my daughter. I chew gum like crazy ~ both when we’re taking off and as we begin our descent. It helps keep your ears popped open too (if you know what I mean.)
Taking the Good with the Bad
So, I had a couple of flights on the smaller planes where I was an absolute mess. I’m pretty sure I was experiencing a panic attack when the Captain came back one time and had me switch seats with a nice gentleman in A1, so I could be right behind him. Yes, my friends… I needed a babysitter, but I’m OK with that, lol! It helped me get through things and not be so scared on the next flight.
The other 3 flights I had were on their new air crafts and were a much different experience though. In fact, they made me think, “Ya, I got this!” It was like going from a cab ride to a limo ~ even the stewardesses were a lot nicer (I can understand, for if I had to be crammed on those smaller flights all the time, I’d be grumpy too, lol!)
The Dallas airport in Texas was by far the largest I was in, but Charlotte North Carolina was definitely the busiest. I got to meet some amazing people and had some very interesting conversations along the way too. When all was said and done, I began this journey being terrified of flying, but by the end of it, I was fascinated instead! Just look at the magnificence I got to capture!
More to Come…
Besides facing my fear of flying (again) there were plenty of other lessons learned during this trip, as well as a promising business partnership and private opportunity. This will be the third time in the last decade where I have sought to create a tight inner circle… I must admit, despite the adjustments in my career, it is always nice to keep some familiarity in the ways that one can, and to be surrounded by like minded individuals.
I will write about more personal insights and lessons learned in my next post. Meanwhile, enjoy the few pics I was able to take downtown during a brief stroll, in the warm rain, on that particular afternoon in Savannah, Georgia.