Friday, June 18, 2010

Getting Out




I love fresh air. I love getting out and doing things. I am, or was, a very active person. I never used to sit around the house. I didn't play games on my computer (except for a few minutes while my daughter was napping). I loved to get outside in the fresh air and run, play with my kids, go to the park, etc.

Just prior to my illness I went to Colorado with my good friend, Jenn. I fell in love with it. We went white water rafting, hiking, etc. We hiked two peaks in one day, Grays and Torreys Peaks. Which have a summit elevation of 14,270 and 14,267 respectively. Jenn failed to tell me that I should climb something a little smaller first. Or maybe just climb one peak instead of two. The other problem is that I was trying to keep up with Jenn who can run a marathon in just over 3 hours (I ran a half in 2:30!). So, needless to say, that was one of the hardest things I've ever done. But I loved it! I couldn't wait to go back and do it again.

But here I am. Now, some days, I look at my stairs like they're Grays Peak. All I want to do is go run a race, climb a mountain, okay... run around the block for that matter!

I know there are things that I could get out and do. I'm just not creative enough to think of them. I can't stand or walk for very long at all without getting extremely tired. I'm almost to the point that I would forget my pride and use a wheelchair for long distances if I need to so I can spend time with my kids outside doing things. However, one, I don't have one and two, I said almost. The other problem is that our only problem isn't my illness right now. Chris, my husband, has been unemployed for quite some time now (that's a story for another post) and I had to stop working due to my illness. Therefore, that rules out anything that would cost money.

So, does anyone have any ideas for things that I could get out and do to help improve my mood and to spend time with my kids that wouldn't cost much (or any) money and also wouldn't require much (or any) energy on my part???

1 comment:

Rusty Hoe said...

I will now show my woeful geographic skills and ask are you near a beach, river, park etc? Somewhere where the kids make their own fun and you can sit. Eg at a beach you could sit and make sand castles, by a river/creek you can sit and make leaf and bark boats. Being outside is always good if you can find a spot of shade, and it's free and the kids can use their imagination.