January 26, 2015 in Adventures in Re-Discovering Myself
Normally I like Januarys. After the trifecta of the fall/winter holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, I enjoy the relative calm of January. It’s a time of rebirth with New Year’s Resolutions and a chance to begin new habits or embark on life changes before spring blooms and we all emerge from our cocoons pale but happy, ready to enjoy the bliss of summer. But for various reasons, my last several Januarys have, well, sucked.
In January (and into February) 2013, I watched my dad die.
In January 2014, I had full mouth gum surgery, leaving me hungry and in pain and stitches for six weeks.
This January 2015, I exercised myself into an acute lumbosacral sprain (aka back injury). Here’s what you cannot do with this type of injury:
a) Bend over.
b) Lift things.
c) Sit/drive without pain.
d) Stand without pain.
e) Take the “good” drugs because you still have to drive your kids to soccer/basketball/lacrosse practice.
Here’s what you can do:
a) Lie down on an ice pack.
b) Watch daytime TV.
c) Skip vacuuming, cleaning, laundry, and picking anything up off the floor.
d) Eat whenever you take your over-the-counter pain meds (which is often) so you don’t get an upset stomach.
e) Spend lots of time at the doctor’s office and in physical therapy.
The good news is I am doing much better now and have been cleared to ease back into running tomorrow…hooray! I also have the three best sons a mother could ask for. They took over the laundry, helped me with the grocery shopping (I pointed at things and they loaded the items into the cart and the car), and put my socks on for me without rolling their eyes. They worried about me while they were at school (“What will you do if you drop your phone on the floor?”) and showed me how to pick up things with my toes. They literally saved me this month, and I could not be more proud of the men they are turning into or more grateful for their help.
The bad news is that my house is a disaster area and everything I haven’t been able to get done this month is now looming over my head like a dark cloud, ready to unleash its fury of deadlines that I’ve postponed.
While in years past I have struggled to come up with New Year’s Resolutions that I think are meaningful enough to sustain me throughout the year, this year’s resolutions came easily, albeit late:
a) Be happy. Always find the joy regardless of my circumstances; don’t wait for it to find me.
b) Be healthy. In exercise and in eating (no more finding comfort in a bag of Hershey’s kisses, no matter how good they taste!).
c) Be dedicated. Whatever I choose to do (achieve, persevere, heal), give it my all.
Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, & Dedicated 2015 and A Fabulous February!