Late Departure

Dennis Friedman

MY WIFE AND I ARE going to New York City for a vacation. One reason we chose New York: We wouldn’t have to deal with inflated rental car prices. We can walk and use public transportation to get where we want to go. Also, it’s just a fun place to visit.

Trouble is, I’ve been suffering from foot pain and a bum shoulder. The past few months, I’ve been trying to stay off my feet to give my foot a chance to heal, knowing we have this trip planned. Meanwhile, I went to physical therapy for my shoulder and it’s much better, so that shouldn’t be a problem. With my shoulder almost pain-free, I should be able to put our carry-on bags in the plane’s overhead compartment without a problem.

My foot, however, could make or break this trip. I know we’re going to be walking a lot. My wife and I went to Montreal three years ago and we walked more than 20,000 steps a day. We probably won’t walk that much on this trip. Still, how much I can walk is an open question.

When I was younger, I remember going for walks with my father when he was retired. While we were walking, I would sometimes say to myself, “I’ll still be running when I’m his age.” Well, I’m now his age and running is the last thing on my mind.

The best time to take a trip like this would have been when we were younger and still working. In fact, that’s usually the best time to travel almost anywhere. Many people put off traveling until they’re retired, thinking that’ll be the best time. Yes, you have more time and money. But the problem is, you’re gambling that your health will hold up.

That’s what’s happening to me. I have the time and money to make this trip. But am I healthy enough? I’ll soon find out.

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