#reverb12 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
The Plank: It has been said that you must learn to take care of yourself before you can be effective at taking care of others. How did you take care of yourself in 2012? How will you take care of yourself in 2013?
Earlier this year, Spot ended up at the emergency vet for surgery on his hindquarter. Besides That One Time where we discovered that he’s actually extremely allergic to the rabies vaccine (truly, it almost killed him), it was the most medical attention we have ever had to source him.
So Spot had this surgery, and came home to a life replete with bobcat-sized narcotics and a cone of shame. You know, the usual.
And someone forwarded us an e-mail that said, It’s all fun and games until somebody ends up in a cone.
I have always been an expert at moving until my body stops me.
Pink eye in both eyes. Shin splints. Double ear infections with a ruptured ear drum. Tendonitis. That plague-y cough for weeks.
It is impossible to outrun self-inflicted things.
I joke with my running friends that the real reason we go to the doctor is because we need to pay someone to say the words that we cannot push past our lips.
We need someone more responsible than we are to put us in the cone. We need someone to tell us Stop now. Enough. Rest. Take a break.
So with a great deal of struggling and gnashing of teeth, we find ourselves unwillingly inhabiting this new landscape. We push boundaries. We try to rationalize. We do not go quietly.
And finally, I think I’m beginning to understand. Rest is not the enemy.
Rest is not the enemy.