While flying to Toronto for Canadian Music Week the idea of trust popped into my head. I love flying because that time spent in a plane seat forces me into my own head and I just start thinking.
I realized that flying is a situation where I have to put complete trust into something or someone else. Flying is completely out of my control. I have no say on what happens, I have no control over the plane, I can’t even leave.
I have complete and blind trust in the laws of physics. The laws that keep a airplane in the air at 39,000 feet. There is nothing I can do about that.
I have complete and blind trust in the construction of the plane. It’s ability to work with and against the laws of physics, the design of the plane to withstand the forces placed upon it. There is nothing I can do about that.
I have complete and blind trust in the pilots of the plane. In their training and skill to control this massive man-made object and keep it in the air and return it safely to the ground. I once heard a pilot say that landing a plane is really just a controlled crash. There is nothing I can do about that.
Even on flights where the turbulence is bad I have realized it accomplishes nothing to get scared. Getting scared and worried only makes me feel worse and I can’t do anything to deal with the situation causing the turbulence. Trust. I need to have complete trust that those items discussed above are doing what they are supposed to do.
Next time you fly think about this… you are doing something that forces you to have complete and blind trust. And you know what, the odds are pretty damn good that you will be just fine.