First of all I apologize to my good friend for stealing some of her blog’s name. But it’s such a cool name I just had to steal part of it.
I’m watching you
I hardly ever talk about the physical side of things. My physical side that is. The main reason is the example I have taken from all of you.
At one time or another many of you have mentioned limitations in your body or a sickness or your lack of sight. You did it with such class and determination that I remember feeling foolish mentioning my knee operation last November.
Looking back the only reason I did was because I had to step away for a while plus all of the drugs I took would limit my writing even if I tried.
Since then I have been able to study how you handle new challenges in your life. You see it as another chapter and you simply turn the page. It is a strength I will always admire.
A few weeks ago I was forced to swallow a giant reality pill. My knee may never be the same again.
The reality of all this came during a meeting for a European trip I am taking this summer. The meeting included a group of people I will be traveling with. By the time the meeting ended it felt like a punch in the gut.
I knew it would be impossible for me to keep up.
Not surprisingly my wife stepped up to the plate. She has always had this way of doing the right thing at the worst possible time.
She talked me into checking out wheelchairs. She convinced me I could blend the trip into walking and riding. Instead of trying to keep up I’d be slowing down with my new set of wheels.
It all made sense but I still wanted to push it away. Forget the trip, I kept saying. I’ll be in the way. Yes, I was pouting.
A Surprise Voice
The following day I received a call from a dear friend. Her son was experiencing health problems and through the strength of her voice she reminded me where my head was and where it should be.
It didn’t take long for my eyes to open. Not only did I feel the strength and hope in her voice but I remembered feeling the strength in your words as well.
It all comes back to you
I realized none of you run away from anything. You look your troubles in the eye and you never blink.
Maybe a lot of this has to do with writing. We all chose a difficult path. For some, impossible, but none of us have plans on stopping.
This journey of ours is way too exciting.
The other day my wheelchair arrived. I took it for a little spin and now I have serious plans on experimenting at the skateboard park.
A long time ago I mentioned that listening was the best thing I ever did when it came to writing. Now I have taken that new found discovery and placed it elsewhere.
Not a bad choice. I got this.