Though I was a frequent flyer in my 20's, it had been 5 1/2 years since my last flight. I actually think my anxiety increased over that time, even though I did not have recent experience to back it up. But when flying emerged as the most viable option for me to get to CO this fall, I knew I had to "bite the bullet." Even booking the flight was difficult for me, as I knew once I hit the confirmation button, I could not back out!
Gratefully, our flights went as well as they could have, but it sure was interesting with a loud and active toddler! We had a brief and direct flight, though we also had over an hour's drive on either end to/from the airport as well as the waiting time in the airport. The whole experience was very nervewracking for me, but it was also somewhat empowering. Because I DID it. You may read that and think it's not a big deal. But I can assure you--for me, it was a very big deal. I know not everyone understands that, but I would encourage us all to have compassion for others' fears even if they differ from our own.
A week after I returned to Iowa, my devotional touched on this topic in a way that encouraged me.
"Each of My children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness,
and life experiences. Something that is a baby step for you may be a giant baby
step for another person, and vice versa . . . Do not judge others who hesitate, in
trembling fear, before an act that would be easy for you."
from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young