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The great Martin Luther King famously said this in his speech - on August 28th 1963. He couldn’t have known how well known it would become.
So what has this to do with Healthy Living? I think its got a lot to do with our attitude generally - and I find it particularly important for mobility limited people who are striving to achieve a goal.
Having a dream - something you really want - often something you really would like but think never in your wildest dreams could you ever have - this is important because its something that you have to work towards. And just maybe one day you will get that thing - if you never loose hope never loose site of that dream.
These days we want things now, or yesterday - we want instant and we tend to loose hope and forget about our dream, think its way beyond our reach so why bother.
Not everything is instant, a lot of good things are worth working towards - and while we are working towards that thing we want most probably other smaller dreams will be fulfilled.
Its rather like setting goals, we set long term, medium term and short term goals - but these are things can work towards and we can achieve our goals, where as our dreams are often secret to us - and more like a butterfly hovering
just out of reach - something we want but never really think we will ever get.
Then boom! In 2014 I lost it all –and while I was lying in hospital and getting weaker and weaker I had a dream - it was this dream that kept me going - I dreamt that I would again do normal things, go back to Curves that I enjoyed so much and regain that mobility.
When I came out of hospital I used my walker and only by leaning heavily on it was I able to shuffle 10 - 12 steps to the bedroom. I had lost all the muscle tone, mobility, freedom and independence that I had worked so hard for.
Was it worth doing it all again , could I do it all again?
But there hovering just out of reach was my dream . Gradually and so slowly I worked towards regaining mobility - it was a struggle, life was a struggle but that dream was hovering there - and I was going to capture it.
I still use a walker and have difficulty walking more than 4000 steps, I cannot do stairs, and I tire very quickly - but I am a lot more mobile than when I came out of hospital!! I have also started using a walking cane for short distances
I have 2 big dreams - 1 - to regain the independence I had lost and 2 - to lose more weight.
As well as continuing with my chair exercises and moving as much as possible I am recording my food intake and balancing it, and have increased my water intake.
As well I have decided to hold my knee replacements over - until either I don’t need them because my mobility has improved substantially or until I am mobile enough to be able to recover from the operation in as short a time as possible.
So its back to the weight loss/ exercise slog for me!!
In 2000 I decided to lose weight and become more healthy and mobile, I was fed up with having to take my scooter or walker everywhere. And by 2011, I had indeed lost weight and was living an almost normal life, enjoying my freedom and independence that I gained from the weight loss and extra mobility.
This was taken on a trip down to Brisbane while walking round Roma St Parklands with a friend in 2013