Week 7: No Slowing Down

New Yorkers walk fast.

I walk fast.

Stop telling me to slow down.

When I was first learning how to drive my mother would cringe at my left-turning ability. “Drive with a purpose!” she would state because I occasionally hesitated halfway into a turn. “You can’t slow down in the middle of the road, you have to be confident and move quickly.”

Today, I’m told I walk too fast—at least that’s what I’m told in Texas. Yes, I probably walk faster than the average human being but that’s because I believe in walking with a purpose. If you have somewhere to be, act like it. And I know I have places to go.

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My hot pink cast! Since I had a lot of time on my hands I decorated my crutches.

Five years ago I tore my achilles tendon pulling some back handsprings and back tucks (that gymnastics lingo). As a gymnast I had sprained several bones in my body so I wasn’t too shaken up about it; another week or two off of my feet, I assumed. Until my doctor shared that I needed surgery and that my recovery time would be a year. WHAT. “Oooh I really screwed up this time.”  There went my gymnastics career, dance troupe, and any chance of having a typical teenage summer.

I couldn’t  put pressure on my foot for two months, and when I was finally strong enough to, I wore a huge boot with a crutch. Ten weeks after the injury I became crutch-free and 13 weeks after the injury I was able to remove the boot right before my 16th birthday! Nearly five months after the injury I could walk at a normal pace and after six months, I was able to run again.

Someone’s walk says a lot about their demeanor and for the longest time, my walk was a limp. So when I finally had the ability to, I decided to walk with a purpose.

So please don’t slow me down, just keep up : )

Of course, here are a few pictures!

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A beautiful day on top of the Central Park Castle

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Carnival day at my condo!

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9/11 Memorial on July 4th

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Fireworks on the 4th of July! We were able to get right up to the coast!

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My office is pretty nice.

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And my cousins are pretty cute!

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

Candy Store :)

Candy Store :)

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