Faithful Readers, you may remember that I blogged about how turning 50 was nothing to be afraid of, and that it is a joyful thing to reach this age. That’s still true, but some days I have to work harder at remembering that than others.
To be perfectly honest, sometimes being 50 is kind of painful. Yeah, I’m falling apart a bit, but most people my age do to some extent. The thing that really gets my goat the most is the anti-functionality of my left knee.
My left knee reminds me of one of those old beater cars you see driving around, eaten up with rust, creaky, missing parts, and you wonder how it doesn’t lose a door or tire as it coughs down the road. Some days, this old knee feels like it might just fly apart, and it aches.
I’m sure it will need surgery at some point, but right now I’m babying it along until I build up enough sick leave to get that done. In the mean time, I’ve have found a way to tape it together so I can keep on going. KT Tape is some pretty freaking cool stuff. Basically, it’s just duct tape for people.
Seriously, using a bit of this tape gives that crappy knee enough support that I can walk up and down stairs normally again. That sounds like a little thing until you work on the 6th floor and the elevator goes out, or you have run up and down the basement stairs to do several loads of laundry.
So, what’s the blessing to be found here? Don’t be afraid to do what you need to do to keep yourself moving. Whatever little things you can do to stay mobile is good. I hope to have at least 30 more good years, and I’m not afraid to duct tape all of it if I have to. I just may end up looking like some weird tin man, and that’s ok, as long as I’m still getting up and doing for myself.
Here’s hoping you can find ways to keep on keeping on when it hurts to move. Life’s too short to miss out on any of it. Blessings all!