Reverb Writing Prompt #14: Appreciate

Prompt: Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?

Author: Victoria Klein
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This is easy! In the last year, I have come to appreciate my body and what it can do for me. I spent a lot of time having to take care of the rogue foot, and I realized how much I had taken for granted everything I was doing previously.

Oh, I want to go run 5 miles? Okay. No big.

I’d like to go for a bike ride? That’s pretty easy. Shoes, helmet, padded shorts, go!

I want to wear stilettos and meet some friends for happy hour? Which pair do I choose?

All that changed when Damian arrived. Shoes were difficult. Running was difficult. Towards the end of summer, even standing was difficult at times.

Now, as I’m slowly making my way back to previous levels of activity (I was on the trainer for 30 minutes last night, bitches!), I am realizing how happy this all makes me. I am not going to lie, people, when I finished my walk/run last Friday (at which point I ran 1 mile, in case you missed that news), I was so ecstatic with my 1 mile that I almost cried. Seriously. It was close to the level of emotion I had when finishing the marathon (although, fortunately, not the same level of pain & exhaustion).

The swimming has been a revelation.

And tonight? A real-live yoga class.

I am sure that sometime in the future, I will go back to taking all of the things for granted that my body can do effortlessly (most of the time), but I am working really hard at appreciating it all right now.

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