I used to play tennis, and I loved it life long. I used to jog. Fortunately I can still swim.
But swimming doesn’t get to all the muscles that surrendered to inactivity during both the recent onset of scoliosis symptoms and my earlier journey with multiple sclerosis. I struggle with giving daily attention to the stretches, the standing tall and walking tall, the activation of this or that muscle that my specialists have assigned me in order to reclaim my gait. I haven’t wanted to do it. It’s the last thing I want to do every day.
I had to take a hard look at both the attitude and the behavior. Continue reading
I’ve come to a place where I want to “reintroduce” this blog space, and honor the spirit of the original motivation for these posts.
In 2011, I published two volumes of Musing Along the Way. They contained my poetic glimpses during 10 years of reclaiming a life after an unexpected, at-the-time unwelcome, and life-changing diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. As I was preparing the two volumes for publication and setting up this website, my very first post from February 2011 suggested that I wanted to create a blog space where I could continue to track life ongoing, and keep writing, post publication. Continue reading
An epiphany, you might say! My life journey is proceeding into the awareness of aging, hopefully the graceful sort. Duh! Am I the last to know? Someone told me that my blogs been tiptoeing into that place for a while now. (I guess that’s the test of a journey….it only really makes sense in hindsight.)
Frankly, I do find myself focusing much more on my own preparations for whatever years are left to me, and by extension, learning and sharing with others. My curiosities lead me into conversations with peers and the younger 55+ folks who attend my classes. My brother’s recent death at 67, the first sibling to pass, was a real wakeup call. And all these reflective moments converged into a June front page “summarizing” in the local newspaper.
That means, my “work with others” is beginning to morph towards the joys, dilemmas, and challenges of “living fully and gracefully” as the years advance. It’s this 60 – 90 period that is most intriguing. Continue reading