It’s been three weeks and three days since surgery. It seems much longer. It’s been three weeks and four days since I really exercised, and I am beginning to really miss my workouts. Tuesday I decided to go for a walk after a meeting at school. I wanted to listen to my music, and see if I could walk a little quicker than I had been. I put on my neglected workout clothes, plugged in my earbuds, turned on my running jams, and headed out on my favorite route.
My knee felt great! I walked three miles, and for two of those miles I maintained a 15-minute pace. That’s a pretty quick walking pace. I was into my running playlist, evening singing along at times, and I didn’t really care who heard me. I had my mojo back! I was sweating and working hard!
As I trotted along, singing, I had some of my strange-and-uninteresting-very-random thoughts. Have you ever wondered what you would do if you knew no one would see you? I am not talking about what you do in the privacy of your home (some things are better left in private), but when you’re out and about, and suddenly get the urge to do something childish. That’s one of the things I was thinking about as I walked along (at my very super-fast pace). Here is what I would have done if I really did not care what anyone thought (there were a lot of walkers, runners, and bikers out that day who might have reported a short crazy lady to the police had I given in and tried everything that crossed my mind). I would have picked an orange flower from a bush along the path, and put it in my ponytail just for fun. I would have stopped and danced to a couple of Zumba songs. I would have continued to sing loudly, even when I passed people, just because I like the songs. I would have asked the guy who was fishing if he was catching anything, and watched him for a bit. I would have played on the swings for a few minutes. Aren’t there little things that your inner child wants to do, but your boring adult self says are unacceptable – especially when you are by yourself? Why can’t we sing out loud if the mood strikes us? Why can’t we dance when the song is perfect? Why do we have to be so adult all the time?
If you see me out walking or running, you might just hear my off-key voice singing some Pink song, or notice my hands are actually doing dance motions. You might see me talking to some random stranger because something about her interests me. Life is too short to be serious all the time. We all work hard, try to make our communities better, provide leadership for our youth, and act like grown-ups at work. We need to take some time to sing and dance. We need to have fun without fear of what ‘they’ might say. Who the heck is ‘they’ anyway?
Oh, and my knee? It hurt like crazy the next day. My mojo just came for a brief visit. But it’ll be back! Next week, I will attempt to run. And I’m gonna sing when I do it!