As far as some things this experience has taught me. Slow down! Don’t rush! I’ve had to move slower over the last few years. I’ve witnessed the way those who don’t walk fast enough are rushed around and almost pushed aside by everyone in such a hurry.
Did I used to be like that?
I’ve been on the way to the checkout stand in a grocery store hobbling on crutches and using the shopping cart as my second crutch only to have someone in such a hurry rush to be in front of me -not realising or caring how much pain it was for me to even get to the line let alone stand in it.
My speed has finally picked up. I can walk (without any crutches) into a grocery store now and don’t have to park in the handicapped spot to do it. I have learned to be patient and gracious. I want to think I always was but now, every time I pass someone who is moving slower, I make sure I am passing them with respect and care and certainly don’t place myself in a position to make their situation harder.
I know I am a better person for having had to slow down. A loss of true mobility that I am seeing regained has given me appreciation and gratitude for so many of those simple things we take for granted. The walks on the beach with my dogs is a highlight of one of the things my mobility and I enjoy but the grander picture of walking at all is something I no longer take for granted!
(Assignment from Writing101) – Part 3