Friday, March 15, 2013

Happier Even With Pain

Today was a really nice, springy-type day with lots of sun and a gentle breeze. I took advantage of the great weather to take one of my dogs on a little hike. I am *sick* of being stuck inside and unable to do what I want, so I took the chance and headed out to a remote area where she and I could enjoy nature. I met a friend and walked for an hour, rested a bit here and there, and had a fabulous time! I would guess it was a good 1.5 miles, maybe 2 in total. Of course I knew my feet would torture me for it later, but I am so tired of being unable to enjoy long walks, and they hurt all the time anyway, so I went.

It was definitely painful when I was done. That's the thing with plantar fasciitis... the pain is worst for the first 5 minutes, and then as things limber up and stretch out, the pain can disappear. So I was not hurting *during* the walk. But after I got home and sat a bit, getting up was so painful. I literally limped across the schoolyard, slowly, like a senior citizen, to get my daughter after school.

What's different now is I DON'T CARE that my hour of bliss led to intensified pain later. I am *so* over resting my feet. I rested them for a solid year and it never got better! I am not going to be miserable, restricting every activity I love just to avoid worse pain. If I have to be in pain, so be it, I am still going to be active and enjoy my life.

I feel so happy after I have been out in the sunshine. After school, I let my daughter play with her friends on the playground for an hour while I hung out chatting with other moms and enjoying the good weather. I am just flat-out happier when I live my life this way. Even with the pain I am happier.

Happier is good!


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yay you!

Anonymous said...

Part of chronic pain is acceptance. Once you stop fighting, you can start living.

colleen said...

Have you found any chronic pain blogs? I think people reach acceptance in different ways. I know from research findings that the *anticipation* and dread of pain is likely to worsen the perception of it when it happens.

Lyn said...

colleen~

I haven't read any chronic pain blogs; do you have some you'd recommend? I did read about the mind-body connection and how important it is to not constantly be thinking "my feet hurt" etc. So I make it a point to think things like, "I feel good. My feet are healing. Everything is getting better." Positive stuff. Hope it is helping :)