Long Walk to Freedom
Posted by amber | My Diary | Posted on February 22nd, 2011
Now as some of you might or might not know “Long walk to Freedom” is a autobiographical book by Nelson Mandela. And in a some what connected yet totally unconnected way I went to see the U2 concert on Friday. There are a band who stands for freedom of speech and are politically outspoken.
Anyway Friday I walked a fair distance to go to see the concert. A distance far greater than I am used to. And the concert was superb. Unbelievably loud; the sound vibrated in your chest. The stage and big screen construction was out of this world and really made the experience even more spectacular.
HOWEVER the price I paid for enjoying my “long walk” and “freedom” songs was delivered to me this Monday morning!! Oh my God. My throat felt like someone had dragged it behind a 747 as it was taking off. My body felt like I had done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. And my head was pounding like I was the drummer for Kiss. Other than that I was fabulous!!!!!!!!!
So I dragged my self off to the doctor. He knows I have CF and he is probably one of the few of his kind that acknowledge that there is such a thing as CFS and treats it. Anyway I got no sympathy here. His diagnoses was that if you do a marathon without training you have to pay the price. And as much as I didn’t want to hear this it is so very true. I constantly forget that in the last almost 3 years I have done no actual exercise other than yoga and a couple of gentle walks. This does not prepare you for a 5 km walk and a two hour concert in which all my senses were assaulted.
Was the walk worth it?
Did the “claw” (the name of the U2 stage construction), get me?
If I only did the walk and the concert, or visa verse, would I still be suffering?
Or maybe I should just understand that what Mandela went through was far worse and longer, yet have you ever seen anyone who looks happier and more content?