The wind howled, blowing leftover leaves from fall from the trees, tops of birdhouses off their boxes, any and everything not battened down and secured. Things flew, from here to there, including two Canadian geese who, with much effort and flying straight into the wind flew by overhead, squawking loudly as they went.
I looked up and watched them. Feeling the wind against my face, I smiled as they flew with determination against the hidden force that tried to blow them out of the sky.
Weather. Life. One minute the is shining, renewing our spirits and the next minute a thunderstorm threatens is pouring down upon us.
Parkinson's Disease can be like that windstorm, trying to knock us down. Trying to thwart us from our determination to keep going on.
This week has been a little harder for me. I was sick and so it affected the disease in many ways. My walk. My mood. My movements. The stiffness. The pain. You've been there. You know. And to top it off, it was a hard week emotionally.
We're all in a windstorm, pushing against the wind of this life, fighting to keep our wings flapping as we strive to persevere and press on.
As I watched those two crazy birds pass by above, carrying on about some thing or another, they were being pushed here and there by the force of the strong gales and as I watched those two crazy birds, I realized with each flap of their wings, they were getting stronger. Fighting against something they couldn’t see, they knew without a doubt it was there as it pressed against them, trying to force them down. Nevertheless, they didn't give up and fall to the earth. They didn't give in and let the wind sweep them away. They fought to keep going and as they fought to keep going, they became stronger with each flap of the wing.
I think we should strive to be like those geese. Choosing to stay up when this disease tries to knock us down. Fighting hard and becoming stronger because of it. Squawking loudly so that others will know we refuse to give up.
Next time you hear the geese overhead, look up. I might be leading the pack. In spirit anyhow.
Journeying with you,