The Power of PerspectiveRoutine is powerful in shifting mundane tasks to background processes. The problem is, you can put your life on autopilot and forget to wander the bodegas and bars to discover what lurks in the shadows. Travel shines the light of discovery into new places, but, in the middle of a pandemic or serious injury, you can get there from the relative discomfort of your couch. Trust me.
The Power of RoutineI look at my leg propped up on a pile of pillows and think of how I can keep this from happening again. I took to the internet and found USA Today article – How NOT to die from sitting all day. It says that people who sit still for more than 12.5 hours a day have the highest risk of dying from any cause, and I have to try to move every 30 minutes. You’d think my ADD would help with this, but, unfortunately, I have been practicing training my hyper-focus. I have been trying to extend my work periods longer and longer, which seems to be killing me. The only way I am getting over this is finding a new normal—one where I work when I’m sitting and think when I’m walking.
The Power of PerseveranceMy leg pulses with a deep internal pain. In a way, I’m lucky for this. If it didn’t hurt like hell, I probably wouldn’t have insisted on seeing a specialist. I had one ultrasound that said I was ok. There is a reason DVT is known as the silent killer. I can’t be mad at my pain; it may have saved my life. I also can’t be mad at the misery because of the perspective it gave me, but fuck, I want to live a joy based life. Besides, the carrot is more powerful than the stick.
The Interplay of Light and Darkness
My condition only affects 1 in 1000 people. It’s not rare, but it’s not universal. However, the transformative power of not traveling is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what you discover in the interplay between light and darkness. Everybody needs perspective, routine, and perseverance. You need demons, shadows, and pain as much as you need love and a clean, well-lighted place. There is a time to travel and a time to not travel, and wisdom and beauty in both.
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