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It was decent weather today.

A few dark clouds lingered in the distance and for the most part our area of town stayed relatively sunny. The wind blew slightly chilly yet the warmth of the sun made the cooler temperature tolerable.

Because I am adamant that my boys get outside for fresh air at least an hour each day (though admittedly this doesn’t always happen), this afternoon we chose to walk to the skate park. The neighbour’s kids came along too.

My neighbours have two boys and a girl so instead of skateboarding, their daighter and I hung out…from a safe distance of course…kicked around a soccer ball and watched the boys. We also decided that doing cartwheels and handstands on the grass would be a good idea.

It wasn’t too many years ago when I was very flexible. Due to recent surgeries and health challenges, I’m not as agile or in as great of shape as I would like to be. Still, my stubborn and always-inner-child thought I could participate in- step with my neighbour’s 7 year-old daughter who regularly bounces on a trampoline, dances and does martial arts.

Well, I learned quickly today that, as a 39-year-old in mediocre physical shape, with a messed up right shoulder who decided not to warm up first, I’m not currently as flexible as I was only a few years ago.

Though I lucked out and got away more-or-less unscathed by the front walk-over I failed, I do know that I have a lot of work to do in the body department. Thanks to today’s lesson, I will now be more mindful of easing into activities and I will definitely warm up first.

-Becky

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