“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” ~Lance Armstrong
Today has been a bad day -- I've been between a 7 and a 9 on my pain threshold scale all day.
But it's not my back this time -- it's my neck. Yay! Fun surprise! Is it something as benign as sleeping the wrong way or how I sit at the computer? Or is it the degenerative disc disease finding a new way to fuck with me?
I came home from work barely able to lie down (eff you, gravity) and in tears. I'm pretty stoic and able to handle pain (both physical and emotional), but there are still some things that bring me to my knees, figuratively. I'd even go so far as to say that this pain is exquisite. I save that label for pain that floods my whole body and requires me to find a place in my mind that is beyond the pain in order to be able to cope.
Even with the pain I feel right now, my spirit is undeterred, and I do what I can to stay on the path I am on. And at the very least, I will be floating in the pristine blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico in a little over a week.