Battling claustrophobia, I take my first steps

Onto the plane, my hand blessing the metal while using

X-ray vision to imagine a beam of light spreading and

Entering the entire flying trap, averting

Disaster with the concentration of a wizard.

I sink into my seat, breathing in and out deeply,

Needing to imagine myself anywhere but here.

clouds, flying

Wish me luck as I “take off” on a quick adventure. My next post resumes in two weeks. Fly high, my friends!

98 thoughts on “BOXED IN

    • Iโ€™m with you, Lori. Those who donโ€™t experience claustrophobia donโ€™t understand how debilitating it can be. What I do to make it through a flight is open a book and escape into that world so I try to forget that Iโ€™m really in an airplane. ๐Ÿ˜

  1. Have a wonderful time, Pam. And remember flying is the safest form of transportation! It’s just hard to give yourself over to two people wearing captain’s bars in the cockpit. Safe journey!

    • The flying itself does not bother me. I am always moved and amazed at the scenery below. Itโ€™s the tight space that makes my head spin. But it certainly is easier and faster to see far away friends and relatives thanks to air transportation. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™

    • Thanks for understanding the courage it takes for me to get onto that airplane. I did blog once about me entering a plane and five minutes later turning around and running back out. Talk about embarrassing! ๐Ÿ˜ณ Hope youโ€™re having a fabulous week. XO

    • How I wish I had your attitude, Patricia. I chant a mantra as the plane takes off and I donโ€™t dare swerve from singing the same song also every time I fly. So far, itโ€™s worked! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜†

    • Once here, I wonder what the problem was and Iโ€™m so grateful I flew to see family and friends. But now Iโ€™m gritting my teeth at the idea of the flight back. But I know that I am so lucky to be able to do this. Happy week to you!

  2. Bless you, Pam…you mirror my fear exactly!!๐Ÿ˜€ ‘Entering the entire flying trap’!! How brilliantly you reflect the moment and it is an intense feeling of being trapped. I really like the layout of the poem to the words of Boxed In…neat! I hope the flight went well and look forward to hearing all about your trip away. Hugs from a snow-swept UK!

    • Iโ€™m so excited for you that you have snow! I remember when you flew to Florida-was that a year ago now? I didnโ€™t know that you and I share a dislike of enclosed spaces, but Iโ€™m not surprise. Weโ€™re both birds in flightโ€ฆ ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ˜„

  3. Not a fan of flying either, especially with how difficult it has become over the years. Not knocking the security measures, they’re important, but you have to set aside a whole day just to travel!

    Hope it went well!

    • That’s it exactly, Kate. One day for us to fly to the other coast, another day to return. We arrive to the airport two hours early so not to stress. And believe me, I am the LAST person who enters the plane before the door closes. :—0

  4. Beautifully expressed.

    I’m usually fine with the claustrophobia of riding on a plane. If I let my mind go that way, I can imagine how boxed in and frightened I would feel. With all the transcontinental flights I’ve had to take, it’s a good thing I’ve been able to settle down and enjoy it.

    • I’ve gotten much better flying with less anxiety over the years. I’m not afraid of the flying, per se, and love love looking out the window. I still can’t imagine WHY people close their shade as soon as the plane takes off. The scenery is mindboggling. โค

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