Giving thanks

Today is Thanksgiving and even though it is not celebrated in South Africa I thought I could still take this opportunity to reflect on my life and  what I am truly thankful for. There are several things of course – my friends and family, the roof over my head, food, my education (and the list goes on). I however have chosen this day to nominate something that I definitely take for granted – my legs. These two trusty steads carry me for hours on end.

After working an 8 hour shift I decided to go and do some “retail therapy”. Unfortunately, after half an hour I began to feel pain in my knee which caused me to cut the therapy session short. This awful pain reminded me of an event which took place just over a year ago. In October last year I had a scooter accident. Today in the mall I had a flashback to what it felt like and what I went through that night.

After sliding on some gravel in the road I was flung off my scooter, my helmet came loose and I landed in the middle of the street. Upon regaining consciousness and taking in what had just happened I began to have a major “freak out” session. This was because I could not feel anything in my legs. I immediately assumed the worst – that I had been paralysed. I would never be able to run, walk, dance, skip, jump, stand up…

Thank goodness there seems to be a greater power looking out for me. I escaped the accident with only a slight concussion, some scrapes and an injury to the knee. My lucky legs remain fully functional.

The fact that I do have healthy and strong legs is definitely something that I don’t appreciate enough. It could have so easily been taken away from me that evening. I should thank my lucky stars a lot more frequently for all he things in my life which I would definitely struggle to live without.