The morning was colder than I expected. Not enough blankets. The air was crisp like winter and my back and shoulder were wrapped up to each other for warmth.
I checked my phone.
My alarm hadn't rung yet. 15 minutes early.
"I could still be sleeping... ugh."
I rolled up a blanket to my shoulder, but it was too late. I was awake.
Too early for you.
Too early for myself.
My eyes don't keep open long enough to really look anyway.
I washed myself in the cold sink waiting for the heat to come, but what can I do... it's a slow morning.
Somehow I had routine-d my way to therapy across town.
Hygiene. Clothing. Traffic. Parking.
There was a pretty young woman doing squats at the wall. There was a fifty something man, with his butt in the air working out his spine on a massage table, there was a young golfer in his twenties working out his wrist, and me at the wheel of perpetual turning.
And we all had the same face of morning grimace.
There is little interaction between the patience here. Every now and then a quiet conversation. A polite excuse me as someone sneaks past another. But not much more than that.
Turning my wheel.
Listening to the grind of metal wondering, 'Am I allowed to have headphones?' They have Top 40 playing on a little computer in the corner so it's not dead silence. 'But if I'm gonna be here for an hour plus... it would be nice to disappear into headphones. While I turn.'
Turning. This wheel.
Things are starting to loosen up. My body isn't locked into itself anymore. And I'm actually feeling better.
And I start to wonder what a strange creature we are. Who are we that can sit in rooms and turn wheels and improve our state of living?
No other animal could be so silly as to think of this. But no other creature can heal like this.
5 mins forward. 5 mins back. Don't worry about lunch till I'm out the door. And headphones.
No other being on this planet is crazy enough to have these thoughts while they are in pain.
Turning this wheel.
And now writing.
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