I didn't realize how much I missed going for a walk at home. We have been away so much over the past 10 years that, even when we came home, we didn't have time to develop any of our previously enjoyed habits/activities.
To be fair, much of that time I had to spend sitting in my lazy-boy chair. But now that I am beginning to feel better, finally, I am a little more mobile. And even though I didn't allow my handicap to depress me, right now I definitely feel much happier.
Yesterday I went for my first walk in a very long time. I wasn't sure how far I would get, but living on a dead end road in the country sure does beckon me to get out and try. I made it as far as the neighbour's driveway - driveways are a lot farther apart in the country. Here everyone owns a minimum of 25 acres. So, I made it to the next driveway and back, then spent the day doing lots of chores. What a difference from the last 2 years when I could barely crawl up the 4 steps to the bathroom!
Today, I walked to the neighbour's driveway again, but then challenged myself to walk farther. I made it to the base of the taller hill, almost to the end of our road! Almost double the distance as yesterday! Then I drove hubby to TSC, after which I went grocery shopping. Typically grocery shopping just about kills me, but today I came out of the store, somewhat sore, loaded the vehicle, drove home, put the groceries away and made lunch.
Was I tired and sore - of course! But guess what, it was only a 6 or 7 sore, rather than a 9 or 10.
I'm sorry you cannot hear the birds chirping and the grouse drumming while scrolling through the photos (I took these with my cellphone), but it was the most uplifting sound I've heard in a long, long time. I immediately fell in love with walking in the country, all over again (I used to walk A LOT). Such a beautiful, sunny and warm day, with nature coming to life all around me. I have always loved spring, but now I'm feeling like I am getting a spring in my step again.
The moral of this story, is NEVER GIVE UP! I could easily have given up these past few years. I could have said I would never get better, and I was doomed to a life of pain and misery. But I knew that