~Alexander Graham Bell~
This quote reminds me of how long I have clung to running as my “favorite” form of exercise. Although it has been many years since I’ve been able to run I continue to lament the fact that I can no longer do it. Due to a trauma that my body endured 7 years ago and subsequent back surgery 6 years ago I can no longer run, so you would think that after all this time I would have closed that door, and embraced walking as a perfectly good alternative. But this is not the case, and I have to admit that when I’m out walking and see someone run by I’m always a little envious. I tell myself “I’m lucky I can walk” and of course I am grateful for that, but that niggling feeling of loss is always there. Well I think it’s time for a new mindset, time for me to close tight the door marked “running” and open wide, and walk all the way through, the door labeled “walking”. It’s time I fully embrace walking as my new favorite form of exercise to keep my heart healthy. I listened to a podcast (thank you Susan) a few days ago in which Andrew Weil was talking about walking as the perfect form of exercise, and that is how I will now think of walking – the “perfect” form of exercise for me. I will put all the many years and miles of running safely behind that closed door and enjoy the memories of countless runs taken, either alone or with friends, in many beautiful environments – remembering without the longing.
Is there a door in your life that you’re having a hard time closing?