“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Learning How to Revert to Normalcy
Everyone’s normal is different. Sounds funny, right? But it is so very true. You cannot live your life comparing yourself to others because their normal is not your normal. Compete with yourself for normalcy – not your neighbor.
Sometimes your normal changes. As you experience life, you change – your body changes. Sometimes those changes are unwanted, while others are exhilarating. The key, for me, is to know your body and its limits. Slowly, you can stretch those limits, but you must do so carefully to not extend yourself too far. Occasionally these stretches may cause pain, which is why you should find an activity that you love while extending beyond your comfort zone.
Every day I walk at 1.2mph on the treadmill for two minutes at a time somewhere near seven times a day. For three days in a row, I walked close to a mile and a half each day while shopping. Sure, my foot was swollen afterwards, but I have accelerated the length of time it has taken me to re-learn how to walk. The only thing holding me back now is regaining my full range of motion, which can be achieved through progressive stretching and walking. I have also regained significant balance.
Me, featured in an Austin dog lover’s magazine – selling no other than…accessories!
Is shopping the key to unlocking normalcy? No. Nor should you overspend. Window shopping is just as therapeutic. But if you can discover something that distracts you from discomfort, pushing yourself to stretch those weary muscles and tendons, it sure helps. Continue reading