2014 has begun, and the Year of the Wood Horse is set to begin. Some of my friends choose a specific word-of-focus for the year as an alternative to New Years Resolutions. Choosing a word for the year requires being present, meditative, and some of the words like Diligence or Integrity are year-long lessons. But as soon as I saw this MLK quote, I knew this was my message.
It's six words, has dichotomy, polarity, and curiosity. It applies well to my grammy-nanny time in conjunction with my new published author status. My knees and feet are an issue for me right now and knees and feet are the "wheel base" of my body for my life.
I was carrying my granddaughter, and stepping over a dog, to answer my phone when I felt the "twang" in my knees. I've had knee and foot issues since an illness in childhood. My willingness to try a variety wraps, diets, exercises, and herbal remedies to avoid drugs, as pills get caught in my throat, means that I'm in good shape and rather flexible for someone my age.
Wheelchairs were cool to me - in my childhood. Grandma (arthritis), my mom (polio), and my cousin Billy (Spina Bifida) all used wheelchairs when not in bed. Grandma's was the standard kind, mom's was a power chair, and Billy's was a sporty style and he could personally store it behind the drivers seat of his modified two-door sport car (was it a Camero or a Firebird?) and go off to the pool halls where his nick-name was "Wheels." This all means I wasn't overly traumatized at a diagnosis that I would probably be in a wheelchair by my 20's.
The reason why that didn't happen, according to one doctor, is because I was pregnant during my 20's. No joke. My first daughter was born in March of 1981 and my fourth in July of 1989, less than six weeks after my 30th birthday. Supposedly it was hormones that helped my joints and bones as I couldn't take pre-natal vitamins because they had too much iron, in addition to my swallowing pills issue.
|These are our four daughters now,|
at the baby shower for our 4th grandchild.
I have elastic knee braces and am wearing them now. I'm aware of what could sabotage me having a passionate life. The energy of 2014 is Male Wood Horse - galloping with enthusiasm - while not becoming a stampede or breaking a leg in a gopher hole.
The time spent to nurture the self (and body) must balance with time spent nurturing our relationships, careers, hobbies, and any vehicle no matter how classic. I'm really passionate about snuggling babies, and being a leader from behind for grand-babies under the age of three. To do so means, I must take care of me. Otherwise, I'd not be able to help push a wheelchair or a stroller.
I've been reminded to be grateful that when I wake in the morning I can roll out of bed, stand up, and walk.