Monday, November 04, 2013

Blogvember Post Four: Freedom

Today is a writing prompt, which is only the word Freedom.

I knew this one was coming and sort of tossed it around in my head all day, thinking at first that I probably wouldn't end up writing about it, because it didn't really inspire me. Then I started thinking about having freedom to do some things, certain things, things that makes one (me) happy, and I decided to run with it.

Landing on the idea of having freedom, or not having the freedom, to be active, is something I struggle with on a daily basis. One on hand, I am extremely lucky in that I have the freedom to move my body every day. I am relatively very healthy, and I have zero major injuries that keep me from doing things like walking, doing chores, working out, caring for my children, etc etc. Being active is something that is extremely important to me. I don't even necessarily mean that I am always exercising, but on any given day I am typically moving all day long, rarely sitting for more time that it takes me to, say, write a blog post or play a few rounds of Mario Kart. Let's not confuse this with being busy. I despise the idea of staying busy, or using how busy I am as being somehow connected to importance. No, rather, I am always moving around. Doing chores, projects, helping my children, going for walks, running errands for my family, or working out. I am grateful that I have the freedom to do all of this and am not much of a fan of just laying around. It should also be noted that I am so thankful that I also have the freedom to go to bed at about 9:30 most nights because mama's tired after all that activity.

The flip side of this is the frustration of limitations, of my body not playing along and giving me the freedom to run as much as I want, train for a marathon, go to the track and run intervals until I'm ready to puke. I can't even lift weights like I'd like to right now because of this fun new thing called low back pain.

Despite having the freedom to pursue my goals, I can't make them happen, and that sucks. The trick, however, is focusing on the freedom to do the things I can, and keep moving forward in any way possible.

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