Pádraig was on the phone today. Whatever whoever said. It must have been something really nice. Or funny. Maybe both?
I had decided to go early to the rehab centre. And I did. But still arrived too late for a very busy morning. There was just about time to get Pádraig ready (without breakfast) and off we went to get a control CT, followed by an eye test, followed by a session with therapists from all over Germany and Switzerland attending specialised training here.
Breakfast became a starter followed by lunch as the main course. Followed by a session in a standing frame. Followed by conversation with a doctor who confirmed that all the tests they had carried out so far were all clear.
In the afternoon we went out to listen to “Into the Wild”. I found talking book website and decided to download it, guessing that the professional reader would do a much better job than I ever could. (And remembering how much Pádraig dislikes me trying to speak English:)
“make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild