Of all my anxieties, the one that is the most depressing is my fear of traveling. I don’t like to be away from home.
I’ve managed, of course, through therapy and diligence, to make the “bubble” a little larger than it used to be. At one point I couldn’t leave the house. This summer I spent 3 months in Ottawa shooting the show, Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays (tonight at 9 on CBC). I flew out there, and drove back. That’s a one hour flight, and a four and a half hour drive.
People who are afraid of traveling will understand the relevance. And Canadians in general will hopefully appreciate that I measure distance by how long it takes to get there.
I’m working towards popping the “bubble” completely.
The greatest irony is that ever since I was a kid, my favorite show has been Doctor Who. A man who travels ALL OF TIME AND SPACE.
Meanwhile, I still get nauseous when I have to go across town.
(Note: This piece was written for The National Post as part of the Arts & Life Diary series.)