My walk in the park usually consists of watching every one of my steps, while conserving my energy so I can finish the trek.
In the midst of my walk, I remain acutely aware of how weak my legs are, and hope they don’t give out on me. For a lot of us with multiple sclerosis, walking can be quite a challenge. I watch my steps to make sure I don’t come down in a way that causes me to fall.
I really enjoy observing people, animals and the environment during my walks. But it’s hard to take in everything around me when I am so focused on each one of my steps. Taking a break on a park bench gives me a perfect view, though.
The warmth of the sun engulfs me, brightening my mood almost instantly. As I look around the park, I notice it is having that effect on others as well. I see children running, laughing and playing. There are groups of people BBQing, talking and sharing each other’s company with lots of smiles.
In the distance I see a game of tennis going on – a game I truly miss. But living with MS makes it impossible for me to play.
I have read about playing tennis from a wheelchair, and if I had more stamina, wheelchair tennis would be an option. But I don’t.
I remember taking for granted all the things I used to do. That thought encourages me to be thankful for what I have now, and what I can still can achieve.
A man with a cane slowly passes me. I wonder about his story, what journey his life is taking, and if it is parallel to mine.
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