“Ready or not, here I come!”  I have vivid memories of playing Hide and Seek for hours every day.  It was a simple game, requiring nothing more than a player’s imagination.   Do children still play Hide and Seek?  Truthfully, I don’t know. 

What I know is that at 72 years old, I play Hide and Seek every minute of every day.  In my version of the game, my body hides its (previously taken for granted) skills from me and I have to find them.  For instance, tonight I had Italian Wedding Soup for dinner. The skill I needed to win was the one that allows my hand to get a spoonful of soup to my mouth without spilling it.  I lost tonight and currently I’m wearing half of my soup.

Every time I start any motor activity, I have to verify whether I can currently perform it safely or if Parkinson’s has hidden the skill necessary to perform the task. Over time, Parkinson’s has gotten better at hiding my essential skills, leaving me a long list of abilities I no longer have.

Frankly, I decided to quit the game and accept my losses.  I decided there would be no more trips to Mexico.  I cancelled my trip to Ireland.  I rarely went out.  I was miserable!  Then I remembered “Ready or not, here I come” and how much fun playing was. I decided I would never be ready again, but I would play, nonetheless.

I’ve put together monthly challenges. Having completed Challenge number one, 5 days in Atlanta, I’m on to Challenge number two, flying to Vancouver and boarding a cruise ship for a seven-day Alaskan cruise.  If all goes well with the cruise, then it’s on to Chicago; and, if I can find the skills necessary to enjoy driving to and spending time in Chicago, then Renee and I will return to Mexico in October.

We are never too old to play the game as long as we are willing to accept failure. So, “Ready or not, here I come.” I hope to see many of you in September!

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