On this episode of our advice segment, The Nature Fix, we respond to a question about fear.
A listener called Over My Head writes to us about a terrifying whitewater rafting trip she went on with her husband two years ago. The experience left her so rattled that she has not set foot in a raft again.
She wants to overcome her fear, in part because rafting is one of her husband's greatest passions — "so important it was in his wedding vows."
Our advice columnists offer some tips on mitigating fears, and discuss whether you should try to make yourself love what your partner loves.
Maya Kroth had her future all planned out: she and her boyfriend would move to Greece, where his family was from, they'd settle down in a beautiful village, lead an idyllic expat existence, maybe grow artichokes.
But that vision was shattered when the couple split up. No matter how good her life was, Maya just couldn't shake the breakup, or the loneliness she was left with.
Then, she took a trip to a small town in Greece. Alone.
What happened there would change her perspective on the breakup — and on how to find happiness.
Camille von Kaenel lost her mother when she was just 18. Her mom’s death left a gaping hole in her life. But in the years that followed, Camille discovered things about her mother that would give her a whole new appreciation for the parent she lost.
On this episode, Camille shares her story. It's a story that takes us from the Swiss Alps to a volcano in Ecuador. And it shows us just how much we can learn about - and gain from - our loved ones, even in their absence.