My MS Significance In The Word 'Walk'
Living with MS really put things in perspective for me. It has made me focus on the small and even large things all around me that I may not have actually noticed otherwise or have taken for granted. I learned early on in my new normal not to discount anything and to seek any area or anything that afforded me not to focus on fear of my future, pessimism of my circumstances or frustration and sadness of my challenges with this chronic, degenerative, unpredictable disease. I learned to develop and hone on things to look forward to beyond and in spite of MS.
There's one little word that I didn't see the power in until I was diagnosed and immediately had to begin using a cane - and 12 years later, progressed to a wheelchair. That particular word I discovered that would actually give me something to look forward to - even though MS has pretty much taken that particular function from me - is 'walk'. I cannot walk much anymore, but there are areas within that small four-letter word that bring me a sense of purpose, a bit of fun, inspiration, and hope.
Keep moving forward
In light of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday that recently passed, I pay homage to his contribution to my reflection on the word walk. His quote, "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”, gives me purpose. I certainly can't fly, walking is severely impacted due to MS, but I'm not giving up. I will always seek ways to forge ahead - both literally and figuratively. Purpose gives me something to look forward to.
Every Wednesday, the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant has a special called Walk-A-Bout Wednesday. It features an entree, side, complimentary bread and a drink for a minimal cost - and they deliver! The children and I love it as it serves as a relatively inexpensive weekly (easy) dinner and treat for us. A fun family night treat which gives me something to look forward to.
Walking around heaven on streets of gold
As a Christian, my faith tells me that when I transition from this world, I'll go to a place where the Bible describes as having streets of gold. I will have a new body - not riddled with MS - and, as the gospel group, The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, sing, "... my race, my race will be won. And I'll walk around, walk around heaven all day..." I am inspired through my beliefs to have something to look forward to.
Walks to cure MS
Lastly, each spring brings about a charity walk to come together as a powerful force to end multiple sclerosis forever. Walk MS takes place in over 550 locations with more than 330,000 people participating annually. When you participate and support in whatever way you can, albeit walking, fundraising, bringing awareness, etc., in the Walk MS event, you are helping to ensure that no one ever has to be diagnosed again - or at least to make it a curable diagnosis. The hope that there will one day be a cure for Multiple Sclerosis definitely gives me - should give us all - something to look forward to.
The significance of the word "walk"
There is indeed significance in that small four letter word, walk. For me, there lies purpose, a bit of fun, inspiration and hope. All of which are something to look forward to.
*If you're unsure of when and where the MS Walk is that's closest to you, contact your local MS Society. Please join in the fight...
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