Living Outside My Comfort Zone

Anxiety always precedes when I have to travel alone. One thousand and one things can happen that will render me helpless in an unfamiliar surrounding – Murphy?s Law. The last time I did that was almost six years ago when I went to meet Wuan and my IRC buddies for the first time. Nothing untoward happened. MAS have well-trained staff and facilities to handle people with disabilities like me who are travelling unaccompanied. Taxi drivers are no less helpful when I needed to get around. Generally, people are kind to me and offer to help but the fear still lingers.

I guess I have mollycoddled myself too much by only doing things within my own sphere of comfort. Can I survive outside that zone? I believe I can. I will just have to brace my nerves and do it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. That said, I have confirmed my trip to Kuala Lumpur on January 8. Wuan will be picking me up from Sentral Station. I will be there for a couple of weeks. First in the agenda is of course to spend some quality time with Wuan and then to meet Marita and Grace the following weekend. I would love to meet other bloggers too. Date, time and venue are still tentative. I will update again when everything is confirmed. Suggestions are welcomed.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

16 thoughts on “Living Outside My Comfort Zone”

  1. Hi Peter, firstly here’s wishing you a blessed 2005. And have fun on your trip to Kay El, with Wuan and your blogger friends. God bless 🙂

  2. Hey no worries man. I realized anything can go wrong but if you’ll live to regret if you never try anything. Sometimes it’ll be just easy if you take a relaxing seatback to your desination and don’t think much of the negative stuffs…

  3. Anjali,
    Thanks. Happy New Year. Peace be with you always.

    Thank for those encouraging words. I have been following your blog for a while and I hope your dad is much better now. Should you need any help, do drop me a line here. Take care.

  4. Thanks for the concern man. Anyways he’s doing very well now. He can eat and clean up himself. However, now he has to attend to those fisiotheraphy and this will be a challenge for the New Year.

  5. Jase,
    Good to hear that your dad is doing well. Those physiotherapy will do him a world of good. Keep at it. God bless.

    For me or for yourself?

  6. Books and beer help, the former more than the latter, depending on who you ask. 🙂

    Have a safe journey!

  7. MrsT,
    Thank you.

    I cannot read because I need a pair of glasses for that now which I do not have. Beer? No go too. Will kill my kidneys in no time. Thank you.

  8. Grace,

    Yup, I totally agree with you. Thanks.

    Hope it does not stink.

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