Main Entry: 1walk·ing
Date: 14th century
1 : the action of one that walks <walking is good exercise>
2 : the condition of a surface for one going on foot <the walking is slippery>
Ah, yes, my favorite form of exercise that is taken away from me from time to time. Four weeks ago I sprained my ankle. Not the first time I have sprained, strained, or broken some part of my anatomy. Not even the first, second, third, or fourth time I have sprained that same ankle. I am used to it. My mind is athletic but my body is not. However, this was particularly annoying as I was not enjoying myself playing tennis or running, or bicycling, or even doing something stupid like rushing down the stairs without looking where I was going.
I was merely walking down the stairs at a normal pace. When I reached the last stair, just like in the commercial by a local hospital I heard pop, pop, pop. The next day my ankle swelled up like a melon and turned black. In due time it turned purple, then yellow. A couple of days after the event I heard the previously mentioned commercial on the radio. I was scared as I thought the radio was talking to me, like I was on The Twilight Zone. Oowee. But the second time I heard it I realized it was just a commercial and not directed at me specifically. What a relief!
During the past few weeks, of course, I have had various stages of recovery. Yesterday I actually walked two miles. Today I walked another mile. I am very slow but able to walk without my cane. I am very grateful to walk at all.
Walking is my favorite form of exercise. It is my favorite pastime. Without walking I don’t know what I would do with myself. Of all the gifts I have in this life, walking is the most important. I realize that and am grateful for that. I am not a religious person but if I had to worship any god it would be the god of walking, whoever that is. So thank you, the god of walking!
Soon I hope to be back walking and touring around Los Angeles.