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— Dear Editor,

I normally don’t write about the weather but recently I discovered, at 41 years of age, there are a lot of times that I don’t have to look out of my window to know what the clouds are saying. I know after talking to several people whose lives have made them natural forecasters that after an injury to one’s body, regardless of the many treatments science has to offer, you cannot get back 100% of what you’ve lost. This is my belief stemming not from an educated guess but experience itself.

When I look in the mirror I don’t see an old aging woman whose bones “crack and pop” due to aging but someone who has grown up and has begun to look before I take a step to walk. We can either go with this feeling of getting to a place where we don’t feel like we did as teenagers or we can go with the flow of nature itself. I’ve found myselfmore than once feeling sorry not only for me but others who don’t jump out of bed as quickly anymore. After thinking about every side of this issue I realize and know personally that we are as old and weary and even slow as we choose to be.

I believe the time we waste complaining about “where it hurts” could be utilized making every aspect of ourselves the best we have left to offer the world and those in it. I now have looked back at a lot of physical misfortunes and actually laughed at the times that were not avoidable but at the moment were anything but amusing. I don’t take life, others orthe weather for granted but I have learned that they all go hand in hand and really what choice do we have but if at all possible to get up and dust ourselves off and go on to our next rise or fall?

Julie Chism-Cook

Opinion, Pages 4 on 10/21/2009

Print Headline: Gravette Letter To The Editor

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