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Today I Love My Aching Body

cup of coffee
Love in a cup

Today I love my aching body that reminds me every day that I continue to have fun and enjoy myself in spite of the pain and in spite of the fact that I’ll be in more pain when I do certain things. I love that I can swim 25 meters in 23 seconds even though I’m not really a swimmer. I love that I can walk over four miles in an hour when I put my mind and body to it. I love that I can work on something like a ceiling fan with my arms up over my head until the thing is up and working and then forget that I did that and wonder why my shoulders ache a couple of hours later. I love that shaking my head has become the new me and that *smh is a thing that shows up in online posts and conversations from me more and more these days. I love that I just shook my head as I was thinking about that. I love that I have lots of things to do today and that I’m hoping to get them done this morning so I can work on my next radio show offering this afternoon. I love easing my way into days that are busy, but I’m also willing to dive into them if they need that kind of aggression to solve their puzzles.

Today I love that I’m still hoping to get the new dragon boat club decal on the truck cap and I feel like today might be the day that it happens. I love that I was hesitant to cancel dragon boating last Tuesday night and then there was a huge thunderstorm with rain and lightning right when we would have been out there, and I was happy I’d called it off. I love when things like that work out. I love how the lawn seems to be turning greener by the minute since our day of rain last weekend. I love that it is supposed to rain again today and maybe it might … but I doubt it.

Today I love the memory of cold orange soda in chilled glass bottles on hot summer days. I love reading in the back yard, and that I can live for a year in the space of an hour in between the pages of a well written book. I love barbecue. I love dinner out with friends. I love letters in the mail though I haven’t gotten one in years. I love crazy cast cement lawn ornaments. I love remembering berry picking in the woods and my mother and grandmother constantly talking about their worry of bear encounters. I love that I miss them so much because that is the indicator of how much and how beautiful a part of my life they were.

Today I love drinking coffee, ’cause it tastes like memories and memories yet to be made.

Today I Love My Aching Body

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2018). Today I Love My Aching Body. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 27, 2019, from


Last updated: 26 Jul 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Jul 2018
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