Back Among The Living

humor, life, introverts, Modern PhilosopherI do not make a secret of the fact that I am an introvert, Modern Philosophers.

I prefer to lock myself away from the world by choice, not because some renegade germs tell me I cannot frolic with the masses.

Being sick for a week was Hell.

Maybe I wanted to go out and socialize.  Perhaps I wanted to tear down my walls and allow other humans access to me and my innermost feelings.

We’ll never know for sure, though, because I was confined to my sickbed by the flu bug.

It was a rough seven days, and I’m still not sure how I survived.  All I know is that I’m feeling better, and ecstatic to be free to do whatever I choose.

Even if what I choose to do is sit home alone and avoid everyone.

Because this is America, and I’m free to do what I want.

Despite not being a social butterfly, I did resent not having the option to spread my wings and be free had the mood hit me.

Strangely, what I missed the most was running.  For an entire week, I could not not put on my sneakers and hit the road.  Breathing was difficult, I was lightheaded at times, and I strongly believed that I should never be too far from a toilet.

humor, life, introverts, Modern PhilosopherSo the runs had to wait.  And I got antsy.  It pissed me off to fall down the leader board on my fitness app.  I always get the most steps every week, but since I couldn’t run, I couldn’t stay at the front of the pack.

Not cool, flu bug.  Not cool!

As my step count diminished, my resting heart rate climbed.  And my boredom spiked.

While I might not always be the biggest fan of running, I have this lovely trait of wanting things I cannot have. As a result, all I wanted to do was run.

Cabin fever is real, Modern Philosophers.  Even more so when you have a fever, and it’s constantly snowing.  Then you really feel trapped and delirious!

For some reason, all I wanted to do was run.  I think it was because I needed to feel healthy again.  When I run, I feel alive and unstoppable.

When I’m trapped inside with germs running rampant through my body, I feel helpless and decrepit.

Plus, I’m really not a fan of blowing my nose until it’s redder than Rudolph’s.

You know things have reached a breaking point, when you’re itching to run three miles in a blizzard.

I finally got my wish.  I went for my first run in a week last Saturday, and this morning, I pushed myself for four miles after doing shorter runs all week.

humor, life, introverts, Modern PhilosopherI feel good.

I feel human.

I feel alive.

Who knew running could be so good for you???

I’m just thrilled to be back among the living, because being a flu riddled sack of clammy flesh is no fun.

Do I have any wild plans for the weekend?  Of course.  I’m going to stay inside and relax.

I might have gotten rid of the flu germs, but my inner introvert has no plans to leave…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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22 Responses to Back Among The Living

  1. ksbeth says:

    glad you are feeling better and up and out. nothing wrong with taking a break to relax and feel better.

  2. markbialczak says:

    You were wise to get that bug out by remaining inside, Austin.

  3. The Hook says:

    Welcome back, brotha!

  4. AAristizabal says:

    Great to know you are back and running, Austin! Hope your blizzard run was a healing one! 🙂

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