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Today I went out for a walk…. and realized that my parents never told me about this

January 23, 2018


….it has been a cold and windy lately so it has been a while since I did laps around my apartment complex, but today the cloudless blue sky and sunshine had the temperature inching up to a warm 49 making it ideal to get back in the habit of walking every day. Almost from the beginning of the walk I found that it was killing me with problems breathing and a tightening in the stomach so much so that I had to stop 4 or 5 times.

During one of the longer stretches between stops I thought about ‘the good old days’ in high school when I played football or ran in cross country or even later in life when I would ride a bicycle the 22 mile round trip every day to work. But now here I am barely going 500 steps before I need to stop and rest and that sucks. At another rest during my walk I flashed back to my days in the Army and remembered a 26 mile forced march we did at Ft. Hood right here in Texas during the summer and I still never felt like I do today.

No I am not naive I understand the age equation in that as we age, no matter how healthy we keep ourselves, we will tend to be capable of doing less and less. But that makes me wonder in all the cautionary tales our parents told us about maintaining our health they never said that despite the best intentions we would gradually loose the abilities we had all our lives, and in the end become dependent on others for simple day to day tasks.

We all walk down this road of life
looking at the life that is ahead of us
never stopping to realize
what the road will look like
as we near its end.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    January 23, 2018 9:39 pm

    You may have to stop every so often to catch your breath, but at least you are out there. Congratulations. Your parents probably also told you little baby steps lead to big strides.

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  2. January 24, 2018 6:07 am

    Because that, is how the human body works, we will, lose our stamina, no matter how healthy we ate or exercises, when the time comes, we will, get exactly what’s coming to us…the aging process is irreversible…

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  3. January 25, 2018 12:45 pm

    Great work, Pete! That path to getting into shape always starts with small steps and often requires many ‘starts’ before ya really commit. Hang in there..!


  4. February 5, 2018 10:00 am

    Keep it up Pete! The rest stops are times for thinking and reflection……


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