Thursday, 19 July 2012
Letter to my Body
By Mary B Summerlin who keeps a photostream at Flickr
I know, I know. It’s time for a new understanding. You’ve just demanded attention causing me to end up in the hospital. I’ve lived many years not giving you attention. So you have made your feelings known.
I was blessed with a good strong body and I took it for granted. I did not properly take care of you. I pushed you to the limits and beyond. You never complained. Oh maybe a cold, the flu or a migraine now and then. I temporally stopped, took care of the immediate problem, then was up and going full speed again.
I am now 76 years old and you have made yourself known. You have proved the body rules. If the body is not in good health, it comprises everything else. My heart and lungs are both compromised and affect each other. My blood system is very fragile and hard to keep balanced and of course arthritis reigns throughout my body.
If I want to continue living an independent life, I must slow down, choose activities carefully. I must reinvent myself! Well, I’ve done that before. It’s what I did when I got married, it’s what I did when I got divorced and it’s what I did when I was a single working mother.
Those are some of the major ones but there were many others.
Okay, now at the age of 76 years old, I have to change myself, change my ways. I have to change the way I live and do things. It's okay, Body, you’ve more than done your share. Now just hang in with me while I find ways for both of us to live happily. I know I can do it, just please give me enough time.
Look out world – here I come hobbling along but coming just the same. I’m doing creative interesting things, 'cause see, I’m still curious and I have much to learn and give.
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