elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Joys of a Child

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Remember the joy of a child successfully spelling the alphabet for the first time? Well that is how I felt today when I was able to spell out the alphabet with circular motions using my sprained ankle while soaking in the hot tub after my swim this morning. All done without pain. I had little shouts of joy front the inside. My swim this morning was 2,200 meters. I have resolved to allowing my body to tell me how far I am going to swim. Deep down I wanted to get in 3,000, and I believe I had the energy to do it. I did not expect my good leg to cramp up to the point where I couldn’t even swim with a pull buoy. Dehydration was a factor I am sure, along with my right leg being the favored leg for the past week. So the little motion exercises added a bit of sunshine to my workout. Which helped considering it has be dark, damp and in the low 40’s today.

This afternoon I tried out my stationary bike I have in my basement. I road for 30 minutes and felt good. My ankle was in a brace and I made sure to pedal with balanced weight on each leg. I just may be able to get in a spin class or two this week. Again, being able to ride for a little bit did so much more than just energize my body. It energized my spirits. I was reasonable and did not push it with a long ride, even though I really wanted to go for an hour. So I am balanced practicality with testing my abilities to see how I am progressing. The smiling child in me is excited to swim in the morning now, I think I may be able to flip turn and gently push off the wall.

Today is my niece’s 21st birthday, it seems like just a few years ago she was a young girl and now she is a grown, very independent young lady. She always has had an adventurous and playful spirit and that is something I hope she never outgrows. The joys a child experiences lights up from the inside. I take my training seriously, but I don’t ever want to lose the inner child that is having fun. Life is too short and I want to experience the fun that comes along with every moment. I want my inner child to shine through from the inside.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

6 thoughts on “Joys of a Child

  1. That last point you made, about having fun with training, is number one in my book – you’re absolutely right on. Thank you for the great reminder.

  2. “Gently” being the operative word in that flip turn…glad you are listening to your body as intently as you are!!

  3. Don’t get crazy. One day of feeling better does not make you healed. You are probably out running as I write this, but it is still worth mentioning. Glad your ankle is feeling better.

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