Monday, August 15, 2011

Y: Youth

"How do I know my youth has been spent,
My get-up-and-go, got up and went.
But in spite of all that, I'm able to grin,
When I think where my get-up-and-go has been."

Pete Seeger 
Yeah I'm seriously lacking in "get up and go". Found out I will have to have my thyroid out, which really sucks and my legs are messed up . At least that hasn't  stopped me from getting out, even if it's just for short intervals. 

Went to the James Street Art Crawl last Friday. Hadn't been to it in months mostly  due to the weather. It rained all spring and then it was brutal hot and humid  most of the summer.
I don't mind so much feeling like I'm going to melt if I'm out on the nature trails, but going in and out of buildings with no air conditioning, is just too much for me. 

Have to say I was disappointed in the Art Crawl this time. It's turning more into a street festival; with food stalls, craft booths, and various special interest groups pushing their agenda. Hey !I have nothing against Vegans, yet I don't really think it's appropriate to  have a  t.v. on a public street, showing videos of piglets being slaughtered . It's the Art Crawl  and I came here to see art!!

There are so many of these festivals during the summer and they all have a sameness about them. Food, shopping,  really loud third rate bands, beer gardens, and those inflated bouncy castles for kids. And why would I want to sign up for a cell phone contract or a fitness club while I'm at an outdoor festival?  Hey I sound like a complaining old fogey!

Yeah, well, my life is not exactly a picnic right now.


Emma said...

Love the "get-up-and-go" Seeger lyric -- esp. the "grin" part. One night during the week I was in the hospital with numb legs, being poked and prodded (spinal tap, MRIs, CT scans, blood test after blood test, etc.), before I received my MS diagnosis but when I knew something was very wrong with me, I made a list of all the beautiful places I'd been, fun I'd had, and even the somewhat reckless things I'd done, and I was GLAD. I was glad I did not wait for the perfect man to escort me on my roadtrips (as mother advised); I was glad I hiked and biked and climbed what nature offered when I could; I was glad I got up early to watch the sun rise and paused to watch the sun set so many times in so many different places. I did NOT make a list of what I'd left undone. No point. So, yes, I will "grin" at what I did, and then see what I can do with what little "get-up-and-go" MS has left me. I won't be moving through the world as quickly as I did, but maybe that's a good thing? I don't know. I'm new to this ridiculous disease (diagnosed 4 months ago). It is good to read your blog and the comments posted by others with MS. It is good to know I am not walking/limping/crawling/scuffling along this awful path alone.

Taxingwoman said...

Hi! Emma
Couldn't have said it better.