Friday, January 22, 2016

Practice makes things easier

Practice and repetition are the only sure fire ways to ensure that things will get easier and more automatic.

I successfully flew again down to Florida myself. I certainly had a bit of anxiety regarding the flight but nowhere near the anxiety that I endured before my first solo flight last year. I now know that even though I am not a huge fan of flying myself, I am capable of doing it. Capability is a huge hurdle for anyone, especially for a person who has had his/her world and independence rocked by a brain injury. I am pleased to report that I no longer feel that I require my parents to accompany me on a flight. I am very fortunate in that my parents provide a tremendous amount of support. I am pleased that I was able to take my maiden voyage by myself last year. I am proud that my parents did not have to worry about me getting down to Florida myself. I learned that I cannot allow myself to live paralyzed by fear. There will always be things that are not going to be easy and that I will be uneasy about; but I am proud that I have been able to take two flights myself. Now I was driven to the airport by my father both times and he helped me navigate to the gate, but you have got to start somewhere. I still find the airport itself extremely stressful and I am not sure that I will ever get dropped off at the curb to navigate the security and the boarding myself but I do know that there are many people who are uncomfortable in the airport themselves. I am not one who has ever had nerves about the actual flight itself. I am uncomfortable with navigating through security. Thankfully I know that this flight was a bit easier than the last flight and the next flight will be even easier than that. I adore my parents and am very fortunate that they are willing and able to help me in as many ways as they do. I would love to know who has had experience with flying themselves following a traumatic brain injury. The entire experience of the airport is overwhelming for many people and I am very fortunate that both times that I have flown myself I have been able to be accompanied by a parent who has gotten a gate pass. There is an impending storm this weekend so I am hopeful that you all will be able to get refuge from the storm and have a warm and safe weekend.

~Noelle

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