Tony Bernhard, used with permission
Source: Tony Bernhard, used with permission

I've been mostly housebound and often bedbound since I became chronically ill in 2001. It took me many years to make peace with my new life. It wasn't the life I was expecting but it's the life I've got, so here are my top 10 reasons I don't mind being housebound.

Number 10: Airport security.

Number 9: GPS not needed to find my way from the bed to the fridge.

Number 8: Self-feeding at will.

Number 7: Endless Law and Order re-runs keep my lawyering skills sharp.

Number 6: No line for the loo.

Number 5: No more guilt about not using gym membership that I never used before I got sick.

Number 4: No need for lame excuse for skipping high school reunion.

Number 3: Growing fond of one-way conversations.

Number 2: Unlimited sick leave.

And the Number 1 reason I don't mind being housebound...

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© 2011 Toni Bernhard. Thank you for reading my work. I'm the author of three books:

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide (2015)

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow (2013)

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers (2010) 

All of my books are available in audio format from Amazon, audible.com, and iTunes.

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