(This is the first of what I hope will be many guest blogs from folks engaged in overcoming agoraphobia)
Have Turtle, Will Travel
First off, I’d like to thank Hal for inviting me to be a guest blogger on this site. It’s an honor and a priviledge and I’ll try to uphold his confidence in me. From time to time I will be sharing personal thoughts and experiences on my road to putting aggie behind me. Maybe, like Hal, but in my own small way, I can help others on the same journey to lasting freedom and a shiny new life.
This first post of mine is entitled “Have Turtle Will Travel.” I call it that because I recently installed a toy bobble-head turtle (actually it’s a “tortoise”) on the rear deck of my car to help remind me that I take my home with me wherever I go, and therefore I can feel safe no matter how far away I am from my physical home. Whenever “distance anxiety”– what I called aggie before I knew its clinical name–rears it’s ominous head, I repeat to myself “I am as safe here as I am in my own living room, because I am my own home.” It’s one of the prized affirmations in my mobile toolbox. In short, the Kingdom of Home is within me.