Just Do It
Saturday, May 23, 2020
I have avoided taking long walks because my legs aren't strong. I was afraid of walking too far and not being able to sit down or to return without falling. Finally, I decided that I was being cowardly, so I bought a walker with a seat and set out to walk as far as I could. I didn't go very far, but I sat down when I reached my limit, caught my breath and headed home. I know I will be able to increase the distance with time, so I'm not concerned about the distance.
What I am concerned about is that I allowed myself to avoid necessary exercise out of fear. Life is too short to allow worries to control my actions. I don't look like the coolest walker in the neighborhood, but who cares? I have such a sense of freedom now that I am using the walker. When my mother was 95 years old, she wouldn't use a cane because she said it made her look old. I was being just as silly. Maybe if I walk enough with the walker, my legs will get stronger and I won't even need it. Maybe not. Either way, looking like an old lady is not the worst thing I've done in my life, that's for sure.
The next time I realize I am avoiding something out of fear, I hope I will just do it!