I'm about halfway through the final edit of my novel. It's been alternately grueling and engrossing. It got me thinking about how difficult it is to edit not just one's own work, but also one's self.
Few of us are totally at ease with everything about ourselves. I think I am more so than most, but I have been stymied in a few areas, one is exercise. It's not that I hate it or don't want to do it; it's just that the relatively minor things wrong with my body result in more pain and possible damage with exercise.
So how do I edit this? Walking, running and other exercises that require footwork is out due to a heel spur. More than a mile or two and I have raging inflammation that I cannot treat with anti-inflammatories due to the lack of a kidney. Weights are also out due to stenosis in my neck and even something like yoga or some other class is impossible because I am prone to vertigo with changes in position or sudden movements.
Yet as I age, I know I need to solve this riddle. I have tried just sucking it up and exercising anyway only to find myself unable to walk, or with nerve pain and numbness, or nauseated. I've asked my doctor, physical therapists, and personal trainers. I've tried alternating exercises, just doing a little, and doing it just a few times a week.
I know there are some problems without solutions and this may be one of them. Sometimes I think I am fortunate to have arrived at this age without major health issues but this array of minor issues has created this frustrating problem for me. And that could result in major issues, such as weight gain, heart issues and high blood pressure.
So I go back to my book and edit what I can.