If you could choose one thing you can no longer do and suddenly had the strength/time/resources to do once again, what would it be?
For those of you who don’t yet know, it’s tough to get old. It isn’t just one thing that you’d like to do again; it’s a whole list of things.
For starters, my back hurts right below my rib cage, and no amount of massaging makes any difference. I go to a chiropractor as well, and that helps, but nothing totally takes the pain away. Sitting for an extended period of time is almost impossible, and if you’re a writer you spend a lot of time sitting in front of your computer. This problem is definitely impacting my productivity. It takes much longer to write a novel than it used to. I’ve also noticed that my fingers don’t dance across the keyboard as quickly as they used to.
I can’t stand for extended periods of time either, which means that walking is limited. We walk the dog every day, but it only takes thirty or forty minutes, and when we finish I’m ready to get off my feet. This limits travel options. I’d love to go to Greece and explore the old ruins, but I’m not sure my back would like it.
Housework of course suffers also. I always took pride in my home and made sure it was clean and neat. Well, I’ve started to cut a few corners. It’s still clean, but it isn’t always neat. Throughout the day I pile things at the foot of the stairs, and I take them up when I have to go upstairs.
So what’s my answer to the question? I’d like to be able to move around as easily as I used to. No more stiffness or soreness. I’m sure that would make me pretty happy. I might even take up horseback riding again.