This morning, in the shower, my knee hurt and lately my left foot has been hurting. When my mobility is compromised, I think to myself, "what if this wasn't just temporary".
Especially lately, there has been alot of reference to amputees, due to the Boston Marathon bombing.
With all I do, I can't imagine not being able to walk wherever I want, whenever I want.
About 90 percent of all the walking I do is on uneven grade. There is almost nowhere on this property that is level. When I walk with friends, lots of ups and downs. And on Mother's Day yesterday, we hiked up a trail along a cascading waterfall. Nothing could have been better.
I tiered my vegetable garden last year and I am very happy about that, but to get to it, is some of the worse terrain. I have to walk across a slope (much worse than up or down). The sheep and Cher walk across the slope all the time- good thing they have 4 legs. At least I think that would help. Occasionally, one of the sheep will be limping and I take a look and move the injured foot around. I wonder what the problem is, but probably it is just from walking on uneven terrain. It never lasts more than a couple of days.
When I first moved here, it was the worst. I thought maybe all my shoes were worn out and started replacing them one pair at a time. Over time my feet and legs have gotten used to the unevenness, and my muscles compensate, but still sometimes, like lately, I am sore.
I think it might be better if I walked barefooted but that has its own problems. I think the bestests might be making myself some felt shoes. I shall try that soon.
Today, I went to the library- level. I parked across the street by the Methodist Church and read a sign that said if you are tired, rest in our rocking chairs. I almost took them up on that. Then I went to the grocery store- the worst. The parking lot is So bad that it is hard to hold onto your cart and put groceries into the car. There are a few parking spots that are a little more level but, I never think about it when I park.
All in all, I guess walking on uneven terrain will help me "never take walking for granted".