When Opportunities Present Themselves
For 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.