Positive thinking tips
Looking on the positive side
Many years ago my son, a research scientist into bone diseases and arthritic conditions, gave me a piece of advice that has lived with me ever since. For over 40 years I had suffered with arthritis, gradually losing the ability to perform many tasks originally well within my capabilities. The suggestion, while sounding simple, was not to dwell on all the things I could no longer do but to concentrate on the things that I could still accomplish. This took away the feelings of inadequacy and drove me to pursue a dream I had nurtured for many years. In 2012 I had a first book, 'Curse of The Mardale Skull', published at the age of 77. I hope this encourages others! One other motto that always springs to mind is: “It’s only a hill – get over it!”
George Luckman, via email
Hill-walking has long offered a form of recreation for me, despite my age (82) and the fact that two recent MRI scans indicate arthritis in the sacroiliac joint, and spinal stenosis related to ageing. Last Christmas Day the weather was wonderful – the sun shining and the snow sparkling, and I wondered if I was ever to walk or even see those hills again. Was I to be increasingly restricted as the years went on to looking through the window? Suddenly all reason seemed to escape through the window. I would try to get on the hills, and if I had to turn back, at least I would know I had done all I could. Suffice to say I managed to walk 12 miles, including three challenging hills. A 'buzz', as well as a cold wind and little shelter, seemed to possess me. Yes, when I reached home I could barely move for an hour, but a shower and a large snack enabled me to reach the comfort of a warm bed. Boxing Day found me in much the same physical – and better emotional – condition that I had been two days earlier. The trick, I now realise, is to tackle formidable tasks incrementally. It is not the first time I have 'psyched' myself to start something, only to find stopping even more difficult! Life, people say, is for living.
James Baxter, Higham, Alfreton, Derbyshire