Thursday, August 21, 2014
I never thought of walking as being anything except exercise or a manner of transportation...until recently.
When walking alone there is lots of time to think without distraction. Walking in the country brings its own unique distractions. I love seeing the bobcat, cattle, horses, geese and chickens, fox and deer. Walking along the road, I often see those that played 'chicken' with a vehicle and lost.
I am a softie when it comes to animals and I feel profound sadness at the loss of an innocent life. After coming across a deer in the road that was critically injured 2 weeks ago, I wonder, when I see these dead animals if they died quickly or if they suffered.
It doesn't take much for my brain to make the leap to humans at this stage of 'brainflow'. My late husband had a long (26 month) painful dying process.
Yesterday when I was walking my 8 miles, it was hot. My feet hurt. I was thirsty and tired. I really 'wasn't into the walk'. I saw 3 dead deer in less than 1/4 mile and in my whiny state, the brainflow transferred those carcasses into all those who would love to be able to walk.
Those dying of cancer.
Those tethered to oxygen at home.
Those with debilitating pain.
Those with no legs or feet.
We all come from different backgrounds and different abilities. I am able to walk many miles in a day. Some of you are not. My husband is not. But you might be able to stand up and walk to the bathroom or across the room. You might be able to walk out to the mailbox. Perhaps, like my hubby you can walk a mile, though it might take you an hour to do so.
As I whined to myself on my walk yesterday, I asked my self, "Why do you walk"? The answer was this:
Why do I walk? Because I can. "My feet hurt" does not mean" I can't". "I'm too hot" does not mean "I can't". "I'm too tired" does not mean "I can't".
"I can't" means I'm lying in bed dying of cancer. "I can't" means I have no legs or feet.
I walk because
Walking has become a mission for me. I am walking for those who can't. The more miserable I feel, the more my feet hurt, the more that I am reminded of others who would love to be able to do what I can do.