Four days before we were to leave for Japan there was an earthquake, one that triggered a tsunami alert and one that kinda freaked me out!
Most people don’t realise that I hate flying, I never want to sit near the window, I get travel sickness mostly on descent and turbulence makes me scared that the plane is going to crash.I don’t freak out, panic ect nor do I drink copious amounts of alcohol to dull my fear, I have learnt to internalise it , close my eyes and breathe and keep myself cool.
I fear getting lost in a country I don’t know the language. I don’t have a great sense of direction and I can hardly speak English let alone another language, so finding my way around can sometimes be difficult. Luckily I’m not afraid to ask for help or directions so haven’t been too lost yet!
I fear not coming home to my family and I fear what that will mean for my kids, will they get spilt up, will they lose contact with each other. This is probably my greatest fear, it’s only recently that my kids have all been under one roof together, so if something was to happen to me, I would hate to think that those relationships be destroyed.
I have fears of not being prepared, I continually check and recheck. I make phone calls overseas to check on bookings, I stress that we won’t have enough money, enough clothes or how we are getting from one place to another. Even though I know most things can be bought or obtained nearly anywhere in the world, not potentially having it in the first place can cause me anxiety.
All these cause me fear.
All these could stop me from traveling.
But I don’t let it.
The experience of travel, the memories that we make and the bonding I make with my family far outweighs the fears that I have.
Keep traveling everyone, don’t let any of your fears stop you.
I wrote this post while waiting for the plane for our Japan trip. By the time you read it I will have been there for three days, hopefully not lost, with plenty of cash the right gear packed and have survived the plane trip and any earthquakes!
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