I Too Shall Pass

Sara Benincasa
7 min readMay 10
Photo by the author, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, CA (2020)

Content note: this story includes discussion of addiction and suicidal ideation.

I am agoraphobic, which is to say that since childhood it has sometimes felt difficult or impossible for me to leave my home or even my bedroom. While “agora” means marketplace and “phobia” means “fear,” the reality of modern life is that I can easily order anything I need from online sites, and rarely need to visit an actual marketplace — or an actual…

Sara Benincasa

Author, REAL ARTISTS HAVE DAY JOBS & other books. Writer of scripts. Host of WELL, THIS ISN’T NORMAL podcast. Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa