Normal is a Moving Target

On Monday afternoon, I had a follow-up visit with my doctor and it looks like I’m out of the woods. Thanks for all of your kind thoughts and well-wishes.

Now I’m focusing on healing and working my way “Back to Normal.”

But what does that mean, exactly?

Three weeks ago, “Normal” meant walking around tenderly. It hurt to cough, or sneeze – not a good thing during prime-time allergy season.

Two weeks ago, I was still under a 10 lb lifting restriction.

As I type this, “Normal” still means occasionally taking a nap in the middle of the day.

A couple of weeks from now, “Normal” will probably be different still.

Ultimately, I’d like to get back to where I was, and resume my “Simply Walking to Mordor” updates on my Five-Thing Thursday posts. Even then, that was in a state of flux. I’d started jogging more and more on these walks. At the time, I wasn’t doing nearly as much jogging as walking – and these may never be anything more than hybrid walks, but you never know.

You never know.

That’s why I think that “Normal” should be considered a moving target. It’s not a one-and-done thing, like when you get there, that’s it, there’s nothing else to do.

“Normal” should be a state of flux, because that’s the way life is. Always changing. Sometimes you’re moving forward, sometimes you’re stepping back, but you’re always moving, always changing, always growing.

Which is not to say that you can’t ever stop and take a look around. It’s perfectly fine – even necessary – to pause and enjoy where you are, to reflect on the past, and look forward to the future.

Thanks for reading.

Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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