Thinking about things differently, considering alternative possibilities – we all think about things, playing Monday-morning quarterback discussing last night’s hockey game, or election drama.
Mostly, most of us, most often face changes which are temporary altered circumstances.
I’ve spent time spent on boards, committees and long visits with aging and disabled folks – learning empathy – understanding disabilities – never thinking through how loss of function might feel when I might actually be experiencing it.
Understanding how coping/planning and completely altered actions impact people whose abilities change – often overnight – is something I’ve been fortunate enough to learn about from many teachers who’ve helped me to a better level of understanding.
As I plan my moves from room to room today I’m wondering how many steps I can save – because there might be a day when my needs really change.
Busy of body and mind, so much happening that every day’s routine blends into a blurred whirling of schedules and multi-times re-booked appointments, few things cause pause much, or very long.
Not because there are not countless important things deserving rapt attention or deep thought …
Simple act of standing. Simple enough.
Staying standing. Standing around. Standing up for things.
However, moving from sitting to standing is a feat of engineering and musculature we take for granted until something doesn’t work so well …
Sitting to standing, laying down to standing up – forward/reverse.
I’m OK moving around, slowly, and sitting seems OK.
A hot tub soak or falling asleep with heating pad wrapped around my knee is blissful pleasure. Until I move.
P.S.: generational change is only a shock to those of the previous generation – for party-faithful PC party Albertans last night – when a 44 yr. run ended as a premier/leader who called that unnecessary election fell on his proverbial sword, resigned and left his party crushed. Rachel Notley’s wrecking crew, masterful job turning a short election campaign into sea-change. Kudos. Roads and bridges have not been ripped from their moorings but last night may prove as dramatic as any earthquake shake-up without rubble could be. I remember our last one, 44 yrs. ago. When Jim Prentice became premier less than a year ago he said Alberta was under ‘new management’. Indeed.
column written/ published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 2C/35F, cloudy and birds chirping to welcome sunrise – shortest Gusta walk on record. I’m not sure if she understands how shaky my knees are but it was a very painful short leash/short walk as inky dark turned to twilight under watchful eye of a full moon …