I thought about fitness while I was on vacation. This is one way I know that I have the right vocation; my work blends in with my regular life in good and inspiring ways. Fitness changes our lives at a fundamental level.
Because I am still healing from injury, I am, at the moment, considerably less “fit” than usual. My top crutch speed is not even close to the normal walking pace of my kids. The demands of a healing body produced fatigue much faster than usual. Stairs, inclines, doors, and non-paved pathways proved challenging. My point here is not to complain (although I am an expert complainer!), but to notice the fitness I, and perhaps others of us, take for granted. I missed out on some fun things because my body couldn’t do them. At the same time, I was grateful for the fact that I am strong and fit enough to cope with my injury.
What fun things do I miss out on when I am not injured? What could I do if I were more fit? Fitness is not an end in itself, but a means to a better quality of life. Let’s get stronger, faster, fitter, better, so we can have more good times.