I met up with my walking group partner this morning for the first time in six months. Yes, this is the partner who drives me crazy when I walk with her every day but I was surprised at how much I missed her. She and her husband are in their mid to late 80s but you couldn’t tell by looking at her. Sharp as a tack with very few health issues. No canes or walkers. Just sneakers urging her on.
Over the time we didn’t walk, her husband had been gravely ill. His medical team suggested hospice but he came back somewhat. He has a progressive fatal disease and he will die of it in the not too distant future. With some medication changes he improved enough to take hospice off the table for now. He can stay in his home and get around a little.
The walking group in general has dwindled down to single digits and more people have more health issues.
My biggest takeaway was that we all have stuff going on in our life. In isolation, I tend to get “poor me” attitudes. We had a slew of bad things going on from serious health issues to inopportune times for major snowstorms that negatively impacted our life over the last six months. Yet we are still here and luckier than most.
As an introvert I don’t need a lot of “peopleness” but some helps. Today I was remind of how important it is.
We won’t meet up every day but perhaps once a week. So is this exercise or therapy?Better than chocolate? No, nothing is better than chocolate!