Today I am thankful for my body.
Let me explain. I recently had a health scare that wound up being nothing, but ended up getting me so on edge while I waited for the results that I've been having a hard time convincing myself lately that I no longer have to be in that "fight or flight" mentality. My anxiety levels and paranoia are ramped up, and I've finally had to start making a conscious effort to calm myself down.
One thing that has occurred to me recently is the fact that even though this health scare wound up being a false alarm, that doesn't guarantee it will always be so. Bodies break down over time: it's just another one of those facts of life. Faces crease, hands get stiff, and eyesight softens. And the acceptance of this is a lifelong quest each person has to walk on their own. But today I choose to begin with one step: being thankful for this body that I'm in right now, at this very moment. I'm thankful that in the morning I can get out of bed with relative ease and only wince with bleary complaint over the alarm instead of legitimate complaint over the aches in my bones. I'm thankful for the legs that walked me around all four parks of Disney World at rapid speeds (we really booked it to get to all we wanted to do) less than a month ago. I'm so very thankful for these eyes that may be legally blind without my glasses, but *with* the glasses or contacts can help me drive, see the world's beauty, and especially...read. And I'm thankful for these hands that can share expressions in images with photographers, that can reach out and stroke the face of a loved one, and that can grasp a pencil and create an outlet for the worlds that I imagine.
Yes, sometimes my stomach cramps from eating spicy food, my joints swell from weather changes, and my knees ached at times during those days at Disney. My body is far from perfect. But there are so many things about it that I take for granted.
This morning I tried to take an image to convey my thankfulness for my body as it stands right here, today.