When Opportunities Present Themselves

2014-09-09 14.54.07-2For much of my life I’ve been a planner, but as I’ve grown older I’ve become more comfortable with becoming opportunistic.  Over the last few years this has become ever more important because my chronic health challenges have introduced a lot of variability into my life.   A few weeks ago I was struggling to walk a couple of miles,  I was hobbling around on sore feet, inflamed tendons and throbbing joints, this week I walked a marathon.  As I was feeling good this week I’d taken a few days break in Filey, yesterday I’d planned to do the 8 mile walk from the country park at Filey to Scarborough after a nice rest there I was going to get the bus back.  As it happened, although my feet were playing up a little I was feeling pretty great, no pain or fatigue so I decided to go for it and walk back to Filey and then take an evening walk as well.  All in all I did 27 miles, 7 miles longer than I’d ever walked before.  I was thrilled!

I’ve decided that I really have only two options, progressively retreat from many of the aspects of my life I love or wake up each morning and try to find opportunities to live the best day I can.  After a few years taking the first option, I’m gradually adjusting to the latter.  This week presented one of those opportunities.

The photo in this post is from the cliff top walk, I took it not long after I’d decided to walk a marathon, but quite a few hours before I completed it!  I strongly recommend the walk.

Steve Richards

I'm retired from work as a business and IT strategist. now I'm travelling, hiking, cycling, swimming, reading, gardening, learning, writing this blog and generally enjoying good times with friends and family

2 Responses

  1. Lyn says:

    Really fantastic Steve! X

  2. Thanks Lyn, I was pretty pleased with myself!

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