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Face Your Fears

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Facing My Fears


Facing my fears is proof that I practise what I preach. I am forever telling client to face their fears and do whatever it is that frightens them and I did just that two weeks ago when I went on my first flying lesson.

Okay, I’ll admit…I had procrastinated for months and cancelled once but I knew that I would do it. I wasn’t overly happy about getting in a small plane but I knew I could not let myself down and miss an opportunity for a new experience.

I really don’t enjoy flying. Whenever I have to travel on a plane my mind starts playing tricks on me and I imagine worst case scenarios. Of course, this serves no purpose other than to make me anxious and I am getting better at managing negative self talk.

I’ve been in small aircraft before, once in Zimbabwe when I was on an educational (I used to work in the travel industry years ago) and once on a small 10 seater in Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard.

The plane I flew was a Piper and could seat four people. The instructor explained a few technical points beforehand which made me more nervous (in fact I had such a tummy ache from nerves) before getting into the plane. I taxied down the run way and even helped with the take off!

Once we were up in the air I lost all my fear. I was doing it – facing my fear! Perhaps it is the illusory idea that I am sitting at the controls and therefore have control over the situation, but whatever it was I felt completely safe.

The views from above were spectacular and we spent an hour and a half in the air before heading back towards Fairoaks airport in Surrey. We even managed to circle over my house a few times which was a rare treat. My flying instructor was a young guy with a great sense of humour and he probably also helped to distract me from feeling too worried.

I was amazed at how easy flying actually is (excluding take off and landing). If I had never tried to fly a plane I would still have had my negative fearful thinking about what flying is like but now that I have actually tried it I have a better perspective and my fears have diminished substantially.

I am so pleased that I tried it and would do it again…in fact, I have even considered getting my pilot’s licence. I need 45 hours of flying time and voila…. only 44 left to go! 😉


Mandy X




Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

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