Tonight was a awaking for me. Today, like most days it was difficult to get out of bed. And what I mean the act of just getting out of bed is tough, if not exhausting. So, I just stayed in bed for the most of the day. I am not proud of this admission, but it’s true. Fortunately for me, Erika stopped by. With her ever present enjoyment of life, she insisted I get out of bed and get into the hot tub. With resistance and frustration, I reluctantly agreed. At the time I didn’t want to, but she would not have let it go if I didn’t try. I just assumed that I wouldn’t enjoy it. The few times I have been in water since the accident I only get frustrated by the realization of what I lost.
So, I got on a pair of shorts on and we head off the hot tub. With a couple of transfers, I was in the hot tub. I wasn’t sure how to get settled in and enjoy the warmth. I dunked my head into the warm water I had this sense of pleasure and “zen”. Erika and I sat in this hot tub in Arizona and just held each other. I just wanted to hold on and never let go. I felt good. She was right. My own mind wouldn’t accept that I could enjoy the hot tub.
The funny this is that each day is can be very dynamic, and I can make the decisions to turn things around. If I hadn’t gotten into the hot tub tonight I would have only spiraled downward. We all have the ability to take actions to turn around our day, Just doing something is better than nothing at all. Like I have said before. The mind and body connection is critical. By doing something with my body that made my body feel good, my mind followed. I feel good again. I owe Erika a many thanks for making me do something.
Keep all this in mind when you come home from a bad day at work, or any other thing that is troubling you. A simple walk to the park, a bike ride, or a trip to the hot tub will make a huge difference in how you feel.
Tomorrow I am going to ASU. I learned that I can access the recreation center there for a very cheap price. It has equipment that is accessible for me. I always like hanging out at the ASU campus.
Today is here…so do something.