How do you enjoy life and continue to live in the now when you have an important deadline? Are you able to turn it off, or are you prone to always think about it?
Since I have become a golden oldie, in a wheelchair when I want to go places and see things, my important deadlines have become events in the local town or village.
Due to MS I had to win my freedom of movement and I did it in my own way. At the age of 72 you no longer waste time in thinking about it. Time is precious, it eventually runs out, and so make the most of the time you have.
I could not even keep an appointment in my garden to look after the flower beds, and fell. That was the last bit of foot freedom I had. I was imprisoned in my own house because something could happen. I can walk, but something like the silly walk and not so elegant. If I fall I cannot stand again under my own steam. I did not waste time on turning anything off, or thinking about it. I acted, went to the local showrooms for handicaps had a look around and a month later I had my electric wheelchair. I was again free. I wheel around everywhere.
My important deadlines today are Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning when I go shopping to the local supermarket. Mr. Swiss drives me there, although I can still drive a car: no problem. It is an automatic and I do not need my left foot which is no longer active. Of course I cannot take the wheelchair, but I have the supermarket trolley for support – where there’s a will, there’s a way. My other important deadlines were visiting the local Autumn Trade fair. I could do that all with the wheelchair, and I also attended the local cheese day.
That was an event to remember: all those cows in town and me wheeling around them and taking photos.
Of course I think about these things, I do not want to miss them.
The shield at the top of the post is telling me we have fruit days on 28th October and so I have already made a note in my mobile phone calendar. I do not want to miss that one. We also have a monthly market. Yes there is always something going on in my life, wheelchair or not, I can do it. I enjoy life as long as I have it. I scan the local newspaper (online of course) to make sure I do not miss anything. I do not really have any problems with enjoying life. My only problems are if I do not have access to my computer(s). Yes I have two, an Apple machine and a Windows. Oh, and being in a wheelchair is handy with my camera. I can take my zoom lens with me as well, as I do not have to carry it as I am sitting usually.