(aside: I had some kind of unidentified and undiagnosed flare back in July/August. It was acute and very painful, rather than gradual and lingering, and was over and done with by the time school started. I was very, very uncomfortable, and completely freaked out, but it turned out to be a false alarm. The neurologist said that it could have been a random bout of Guillen-Barre. The specific tests that I had for inflammatory markers were clear for anything more serious... not to say that there aren't other problems elsewhere. A huge relief, although I apologize to my friends for taking my "alarm" so seriously. Thank goodness for my support system.)
|I heard reports of snakes in the water. Snakes!|
|MV taking care of biz at AT100|
It's good to do something totally out-of-routine. How often do you run through the night with everything you need on your back? I heard coyotes in the forest at 2:00am while completely alone. I saw stars that I have probably never seen before. I felt like the world was so much bigger than me and the petty structures that I allow my life to revolve around. The world seems so large, and yet things seem so simple. Pack light, stay warm, watch your step, and keep moving. Ponder the absurdity of running through the forest at 2:00am. Feel the cool night air on your skin and in your lungs. See where the treetops open up to a clear sky full of stars that you've probably never seen, and realize that you would be missing it all if you were in bed back home. Monday comes soon enough, along with the other 364 days of the year.