I was originally going to call this thread "In need of some positive thoughts..." because I'm currently worried about something which I'll get into in a moment, but I figured it might be interested to hear what types of things make the rest of the MR crown nervous. So, I grew up in a family that was fortunate enough to vacation regularly. I've been to many of the tropical vacation spots, such as Bermuda, The Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Hawaii several times, etc. per my parents preference. Having been on over 100 individual flights in my 21 years on this planet, I can't say flying ever bothered me, up until a couple years ago... Now I want to say before anything else that it has nothing at all to do with 9/11, terrorists, etc. I would never let those kind of worries affect my life that way. No, my issue with flying falls more in the category of just simply not trusting the vehicles enough to willingly use them as a form of transportation unless there are no other options. This is fine for me, because I like road trips anyways. Fast forward to about a month ago, my girlfriend says she wants to go pay a visit to a few of her friends she grew up with that have recently moved down to Florida (we live in Michigan). I immediately get a little nervous and start thinking of ways I can talk her out of it, but being the understanding type of guy that I am, I know that it wouldn't be right for me to let my fears get in the way of her doing what she wants to do. So she buys her tickets and we mark the calendar. That day was today, unfortunately. She is staying at her parents house (Indiana) tonight and flying out in the morning. So needless to say, I'm a bit of a wreck tonight, and I expect to be this way until tomorrow afternoon when she's landed and safe. Then I get to manage a slightly less intense level of anxiety for a week which will peak during the hours she is flying back. *sigh* I don't know how or why I developed this fear of flying. It doesn't seem to stem from any other fears that I can think of. For instance, I have absolutely no fear of heights whatsoever, no fear of going fast, etc. The only thing I can think of is that I've always kind of worried a little bit more than normal about losing a loved one, but I never understood why. I even kind of worry when anyone I care about drives more than a few miles away, but not nearly as much as when they fly. Like I said earlier, I would never let my own emotions have a negative or restrictive effect on someone else's life against their will, and I know it's probably best she does go so that if and when she flies again, it won't be as big of an event for me. But right now, I'm just kind of stuck in a feeling where I would really appreciate anyone who prays to pray for her safety and that she has a good relaxing week in Florida (she definitely deserves it between work and the crap I put her through!). Also, any comforting words you may have would be greatly appreciated as well. Oh, and I just want to point out too that I am not normally this dramatic. I realize prayers and comforting words are more for people who have real problems, and I will be the first to admit that I have an awesome life and would never claim to have things worse than anyone, but anyone that has or does let fears and worries get to them more than they should, you know what it feels like so please forgive my melodramaticism (is that a word?).