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Dear Cynthia: I’m Afraid to Travel


Op/Ed By Cynthia Blake –



Dear Cynthia:

I think I have developed a fear of traveling. I used to be much more adventurous. But now, it seems as if every time you turn around, all you hear about are more terrorist attacks, either at home or abroad. I’ve always wanted to travel outside the country, but now I’m not so sure it’s a good idea. What do you think I should do? Do you think I should remain cautious, and not take the risk? Or do you think I should throw caution to the wind, and see the world?

Thanks for your response.

Afraid to Travel Outside the US

Dear Afraid:

Have you heard that you only live once? The former President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, and I quote, “There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.” Are you familiar with the acronym F.E.A.R. (False Evidence Appearing Real)? How about this one, “If you don’t risk anything, you’re not truly living.” So, with heartfelt concern, I’d like to say to you, “It is better to live a life full of hope, than to live in fear.”

Dear Cynthia:

My dad never calls me. I try to call him several times per year, and go visit him at least once per year, but every time I visit, by the time I leave, his wife (the new, younger one)-my step mom, changes the phone number. Should I keep calling him, and trying to maintain a relationship? I’m 40 years old and this has been going on for the past 20+ years.


Dear Perplexed:

Out of respect for your dad and your stepmother, I would wait, and give them an opportunity to call you. Since this has been going on for the past 20 years, there’s no reason to be perplexed. If they are unwilling to contact you, there’s nothing you can do about it.

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