It wasn’t an easy decision. I love playing tennis and I love the gals I play with. Unfortunately tennis DOES NOT like my knee. I am waiting for results of an MRI to see if surgery could be a solution for me. For months I have played, iced, elevated and limped just to start the cycle again. This morning I came to the conclusion that I need to stop playing tennis. It isn’t easy to give up things we love.
I have always been very active. Mostly I have engaged in sports. Throughout the years, the pounding on my body has caused me to modify my #lifestyle. I gave up skiing years ago. I now walk instead of run. I sold my bicycle and spend more time swimming. Because exercise and competitive sports are important to me, I always find something to fill the void.
When I am feeling down, I take a walk. On my walks I think about my life and come to terms with the changes that accompany the aging process. So when a bird decided to crap on my favorite sweatshirt this evening, I literally became unglued. After yelling obscenities at this flying toilet, I decided to put my situation into perspective. It is, after all, what I do. I am always looking for the silver lining.
While I was nurturing my pity party, I started to focus on how this could have been worse. This was not easy as I was a mile away from home with dozens of trees to navigate. My thoughts: I could have been wearing a short-sleeved shirt. The bird could have aimed toward my head, and so on.
Most of us will experience changes during our lifetime. Loss is a part of life. This pertains to the people and pets that we love, as well as the activities we enjoy. I have a friend who is losing her eyesight and no longer drives. I know someone else who recently had a stroke and now relies on the aid of a walker.
My days spent downhill skiing and participating in 10K runs will be lived through pictures I have and memories I have amassed. The ladies I met while playing tennis have become new friends even though we no longer meet on the court.
There is no question that if we live long enough we will need to adjust and accept certain #limitations, hopefully with #grace. It is most important that we continue to learn, grow and find new activities to enjoy with passion. Whether gardening, reading, leisurely walks, games with friends or catching a movie; I am certain that I will continue to explore new activities.
Think about your own life. Do you spend your time depressed over what you don’t have or have lost? Try accepting this: Change can be interesting and even enjoyable when you take a different path, even if that path wasn’t your intention.
Go find the silver lining in your life. It is what I intend to do in mine!
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