Were You Aware Of This?

Were You Aware Of This?

Did you know that October is National Disability Awareness Month?  No? Well, did you know that October 2nd was World Cerebral Palsy Day?  Have I made you feel guilty yet? I hope so - because that may assuage my own aloofness. I had absolutely no clue about any of this until I accidentally stumbled upon it in an unrelated web search last Sunday. I suspect the reason for that is I'm often so busy I forget that I'm disabled.

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Visible Monday: Renewal And The Promise Of Spring

This week's Visible Monday is brought to you by the letters P and T, as in Physical Therapy. Here's the big surprise - it's for my Mr, not for me. After years of back problems the poor guy finally pulled his lower back so severely he needs a few weeks of Physical Therapy to sort things out. It's going to be rough going for him because he's going to the same place I went to several years ago when I hurt my leg and they still remember me as their "model patient".

With Spring right around the corner it seems appropriate to want to work out the kinks, clean out the cobwebs, and make whatever adjustments are needed to move forward. So my theme for March is renewal. Renewal requires us to know who and where we are in life so we can keep the things that work, discard the ones that don't, and learn how to make up the difference gracefully and joyously.

So on this dreary, chilly day I took these photos on the roof of the Physical Therapy building with the ever-expanding Nashville skyline as the backdrop.

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Not a lot of new pieces here. Denim Max Edition jeggings and Stephanie Rogers indigo wool blend tunic are both from Ross circa 2010. The tunic is actually short-sleeved but it's plenty warm and very easy to wear. Six years ago I bought the brown leather jacket from now-defunct Petite Sophisticate. As you can see I still wear it and it still looks fab, so there's no doubt I've gotten my money's worth out of it. Only the boots and the bag are new. I love these White Mountain Foxhole boots I bought this past Fall. When you have wide calves finding boots that fit can be a challenge, but these have both laces and a side-zip closure so they fit beautifully and comfortably. I also purchased the red Urban Expressions bag the same day at the same place, T J Maxx.

Once my better half completes his Physical Therapy I will have to go through Occupational Therapy for the tendonitis in my hand. It's going to be an interesting couple of months.

I'm ready for Spring.

A Month To Be Passionate About

How cliche would it be to go all Cupidy-Bonbon-and-Red-Rosey this time of year?

So cliche that I'm not going to do it. Well, not literally, anyway. Lots of my fellow bloggers are doing a fine job with traditional Valentine's Day iconography so I'm going to focus on the most intense, undistilled facet of love.

I want to talk about passion. Passion is more compulsion than emotion. It focuses our attention on how something or someone makes us feel and compels us to act. It pushes any rational thought out of our minds and replaces it with a never-ending quest for fulfillment of that compulsion. Addiction is passion taken to the extreme. Extremes are usually ultimately negative and rarely a good thing.

But passion is always a good thing. It's about living instead of merely existing. So this month I'm going to share some of my passions with you, and some of them may raise an eyebrow or two.

For example, take a look at this outfit.

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If any of you find this attractive please turn in your "Fashionista" card immediately. It's a hideous outfit; $8 velour hoodie from Old Navy, $3 Victoria's Secret sweatpants via Music City Thrift, white wool knee socks, and 2007 model Ecco Mary Janes via EBay. The only redeeming article of clothing here is the black tee with Mr Spashionista's logo on it - and it's only appropriate outside of this application when worn underneath a jacket. For the longest time I thought the lettering across the back of the sweats read, "Oink" instead of "Pink". I'm not making that up.

But I'm passionate about this outfit and wouldn't part with it for the world. This is my workout wear for the winter months. Because I am a 51 year old woman with CP being as fit as possible is important to me. Several years ago I had a leg injury that required I go through physical therapy. While I was there I learned how to stretch and exercise and began getting stronger. Now I exercise every day. I also walk around my back yard with my two dogs as often as I can. That's the reason I'm so particular about my footwear.  It's very difficult for me to walk outdoors, even with my crutches, and I've found these shoes have the best fit for that specific activity. However, they don't work well for indoor exercises or even the stationary peddler I've been using since Christmas so I usually lose them before I  work out indoors.

None of this will cancel out the fact that I have Cerebral Palsy, but it does make me healthier in other ways, and I am healthy compared to a large number of my peers. If I have to forego my workout for a day I find my body craves it. Who knew that it would take me almost a half century to become passionate about exercise?

By the way, If you think this getup is bad I actually have a Muppet-pelt parka I add if it's hovering around freezing when I go for my walk. I'm not going to show you that gem - just think Snufflecripagus.