Still, going out in the world at this time feels brave to me. I am mildly agoraphobic and experience panic attacks outside of my comfort zone. Right now, I don't have a comfort zone outside of my apartment - new neighborhood, new transit lines, new neighbors - so even going to the balcony feels scary. And when the fire alarms in my building went off that afternoon - well I'm happy it was taken care of promptly and we all were able to go back inside relatively fast. And yes, I stayed far away from the crowds while keeping the building in sight; better that way after I accidentally got startled when a friendly boxer dog tried to say hi.
Acknowledging a problem I've been having a lot of conversations with family, co-workers, providers, friends and mentors about life in the "new" world. Many of my family members and friends live in "hot spots" like New York and Massachusetts. They are not young, and some fall into the "vulnerable" group. More than a few relatives… Continue reading Resilience and Strength in knowing who we are and what we have is enough