“I would say, 2-to-3,” she said, giving my leg another once-over.
“Months?” I squeaked out, imaging another 8 weeks like the last, resigned to physical therapy sessions every Wednesday and longingly looking out at the bike-path throughout the remainder of spring semester.
“Oh no, weeks! I’d say you could be running in 2-to-3 weeks.”
This post has been updated | March 25, 2017
Sometimes, it’s easier to get caught up in the self-deprecating squabble of gossip and false secrets than it is to live a positive life.
I know. I’ve seen it, lived it, lived around it and lived among it.
Sovereignty for marginalized (often indigenous) peoples. Adapting to climate change. Changing patterns of consumption and production. Challenging property, ownership, and gender norms. Advocating for local food, wholesome food, food symbiotic with sustainability. Writing and relating. Showing and listening. Learning in life and not by the book (or the institution). Being independent in action but dependent on solidarity. Setting a possible example. Being authentic. Reflecting and not gut-reacting. Thinking it through but not waiting for agency.
This is a complicated summary of the passions I have today, right now, this year at this time.
I’m naturally attracted to flowers, even though I’m super-sensitive to fragrances and other strong (mostly artificial) smells.
Flowers of all kinds, really — I don’t discriminate. My media inventory is sprinkled with flower photo-ops, colorful reminders of nature on the sides of sidewalks and hidden beauties in untamed meadows. I’ve also got a thing for trees, as anyone on my Instagram knows. If I haven’t posted a picture of a flower or a tree in days, you’ll know something’s incredibly wrong with me.
“I’m on a vegan, no sugar-added, raw foods-only diet,” I declared on my second orthopedic visit.
The doctor smiled, a tiny little pity smile that made me feel as weak as a child. “But what do you eat?” he asked.
I went from proud to panicked in one breathless instant. “Uh..” I stuttered, caught unexpected like a deer in headlights. What’s my go-to list? “Lots of veggies and fruits? Legumes, uh, tofu…nuts and, yeah that’s pretty much it.”
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