Yesterday for the first time in a week, the sun was shining bright against a beautiful blue sky. The frigid temperatures have eased giving way to a warm weather reprieve. Wanting to make the most of the opportunity, I decided to try something I have been hesitant to attempt: I went for a walk through my neighborhood.
In the autumn I
rediscovered walking around the development. I found myself looking
forward to grabbing my cell phone, tuning into Pandora and going on an
afternoon stroll. I quickly realized that they were not only good for my
body but also were perhaps more beneficial for my mind and spirit. Each
day I finished my walk feeling better, more energized, and happier than
when I started.
It is amazing how quickly everything can be
turned awry. When I fell in November, my daily routine changed. The
injuries to both of my legs kept me in constant pain, and I was left
with no choice but to relax and hope for a quick recovery. During this
time, I not only had to physically heal but also had to learn new ways
to deal with my stress. Exercise and walking, which had been my outlet,
were suddenly not feasible.
Needless to say, the past few months
have been difficult but my legs are finally feeling better. I can't say
that I am 100% healed, but I am walking without pain and the only
reminders of my fall occur when I am walking on steps or when I am tired
at night. Although I didn't attempt to walk my entire route, it felt
great to return to my pre-injury routine. Slowly but surely I am finally
beginning to see the light at the end of this tunnel!