A few months ago I was shanghaied by a young woman named Liz to do some Nordic Walking. Not an unusual request except that Liz is the organizer and energy behind the Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s event and she was looking for a Nordic walking demo for Parkinson’s patients. Did I mention that it was January in Minnesota when she called me? and that she had an outdoor demo in mind?
I have to work fast and furious to keep up with Liz. She inspires me and pushes me to do more than I thought I was capable of doing. She challenges me to dig deep and try new things with the poles, to learn about possibilities and respect limitations. Her mantra is “movement is therapy” and I know it’s true for all of us, not only those of us with Parkinson’s.
I’m learning about inclusiveness on a brand new level. And I’m loving the support and care that walkers are showing to each other. It’s not just about the walk. It’s about those we walk beside. It’s about those on the trail with us. It’s about having the confidence and strength for daily activity.
Keep up with Liz and our walks on Facebook Everyone is welcome, I’ll have poles for newbies!