That’s what I tell myself anyway, as well I should since I’m aspiring to a better mental well-being. So I try to ignore all the critics. That’s not an easy feat.
By searching for one thing about the plane we’re getting ready to take, I inadvertently opened up a bunch of critiques about the airline. I thought to myself, isn’t this just great? Our tickets are purchased, and I’m reading about connections for movies that don’t work. People complained about the food, the seat comfort – whether or not they reclined and butt-friendliness, the size of the bathroom, the disappointment of the first class lounge in one of the airports, and staff attitudes.
So of course my first reaction was to feel like we made a big mistake booking with this crappy airline that doesn’t seem to give two flying figs. There went my visualization of a relaxing, splurging time in first class. We had decided on first class because my husband’s a big guy and has bad knees. I’ve flown first class in the past, and sometimes you feel more catered to than others. But critics made the airline seem low budget and no frills, which they are not.
I had a choice. I could either tell myself that we were going to have a rotten experience based on the reviews, or I could instead tell these critics that I really didn’t give a flying f— what they had to say. After all, you know what they say opinions are like. Why give power to something I have no control over? The old me would have kept running those criticisms over and over in my brain, hyping up unnecessary worry and possibly fueling a migraine.
Instead, I look forward to whatever experience I end up having. Everyone is different. Every flight is different. And if my brain allows me to indulge in champagne, then I won’t really care. Also, if my experience is good, I’ve decided to write a review about it in the same site everything was so off-putting. More of us are prone to complain when we have a bad experience, yet we rarely applaud good service. I’m hoping to have fun and if the service is bad, then the airline won’t get my money again. It’s as simple as that.
We have the power to control our different paths of thinking: perpetuate the negative or give in to a more optimistic, positive way of thinking.