This is an older post, but I feel we can all benefit from the witch’s words. At the very least, she’s entitled to speak her peace as 2018 begins, Here goes…
On sunny days, the Wicked Witch of the West is seen a lot here on the Yellow Brick Road. She has a neurotic side. It’s obvious she has severe water pobia, but she’s not completely crazy. If water splashes on her, she’ll melt. Here, as a new year begins, she agrees to talk to me about her efforts to finally let go of her lifelong fear.
Wicked Witch, what’s inspiring you to try to end your fear of water after all these years?
WW: Fear of being touched by water has prevented me from experiencing so much in life! It’s strangling me! I finally want to be free of it!!!! It’s time!
Yeah! Water avoidance must make your life a total wreck!
WW: To sum it up, I can’t take showers or baths, can’t go swimming, can’t go to the beach. When I cook, I can’t spill water on myself or wash the dishes, so I always pick up take-out. And the obvious one, I can’t go out in the rain.
I definitely understand your feelings. I’m phobic too. I can’t stand being in elevators, planes, tunnels, total darkness…to name a few. And I can’t stand getting MRI’s.
WW: That’s the only reason I agreed to talk to you.
Thank you. But in your case, you have a real reason for being water phobic. You could die if it touches you. Has something extreme happened in your life recently that has changed your perspective and made you less afraid?
WW: Here’s the thing. My sister died. You know, she was just walking around Oz, minding her own business, when a house came down from the sky, dropped on top of her, and killed her. That blew my mind, and now I see we’re all out of control in the universe and never know what the next moment will bring. Why not take chances?
So how are you gonna change?
WW: I’m going out in the rain.
Wow! But if water splashes on you, you’re still as likely to melt as you were before.
WW: That’s why I’ll wear a wet suit, scuba mask, flippers, a rain slicker, a rain hat, rubber gloves, and carry an umbrella.
I see you’re taking it in small steps.
Well, I admire your courage and I wish you the best of luck in the new year. Also I appreciate that you haven’t ordered winged monkeys to tear me apart.
WW: The day isn’t over.
What are you willing to let go of in the new year?