So I’ve mentioned that I’m spastic – I really am. My mother denies dropping me on my head but I’m not so sure 🙂 I have Cerebral Palsy Spastic Diplegia – quite a mouthful I say so it’s usually just referred to as “CP” – keep it simple stupid.
CP, it leaves me swaying from side to side. You see, the muscles in my legs are overly attached to each other – their fibers embrace each other in a loving but stiff and slightly painful manner. Their love for each other makes moving a tad difficult as when a muscle is to perform its function – the other muscles freak out a little and join in on contracting – pulling closes together – making me a spazz. Can’t say I don’t have swag though.
I’ll probably write about this more but the point of this post is to, well it’s to amuse myself and you too hopefully, whilst encouraging you to get off of your arse. Why? Because it’s good for you and because i can almost guarantee you that you take your legs for granted. Yes, them legs. They are extremely moving things I say. Mine don’t work so well but they do work and for that, I am extremely grateful for.
I remember a teacher of mine doing a presentation when I was in Grade 7 -it was on gratitude and he ended it off by showing a black and white picture of an elderly man sitting in a wheel chair, both legs amputated, yet he had a smile that somehow transferred itself onto all the faces viewing it, completely mesmerized. He then quoted, “I complain about my shoes, but today I saw a man with no feet.” – That has stuck deep within me. That smile, the empty space his legs should have been and the realization that although my feet are fugly and they trip me up – literally! I have them.
So, to get to the point. There exists these little groups of people, who on a Saturday at 8am, they go for a 5km walk, jog or run. Tis called Park Run and it’s a pretty great initiative.
I’ve been wanting to do a 5km walk for about a year now – I did 3km on the treadmill at gym once but never more than that. Well, yesterday I – with the help of my amazing sister- walked 5.5km. Whoop whoop! Not too bad for a spazz.
Funny thing is, it took me so bloody long, all the marshals had left when i got to the finish point. I didn’t get to scan my bar-code and earn some Discovery (medical aid) points. But i did it. I walked 5km!
What’s stopping you?