My youngest son broke his arm recently. He was at karate class but wasn't even doing karate! They were playing a game of tackle tag and he was dog-piled by about 10 other kids. Sitting in the hospital with him, waiting for the orthopaedic surgeon the other day, I got thinking about body history. Francisco talks about how each of our bodies has a history based on our life experiences, both good and bad, that affects our quality of life as we age. And most of the time we have no idea. Some events with body impact we remember (like when we break an arm!) but many we don't.
I'm 45 years old and my body has been through only some pretty average stuff. I fell from a jungle gym and hurt my neck when I was 3. I was thrown from a horse and sprained my ankle (just walking down stairs!) in my teens. In my 20's and 30's l fell hard roller-blading once, had 2 mountain-biking crashes, was thrown from a horse (yes, again) and foolishly went bungy-jumping. Now in my 40's I injured my shoulder doing yoga a few years back and wiped out hard on ice last winter. But that's it (at least what I remember).
And yet I ache. I've had no major broken bones, no major illnesses, no athletic talent but I ache in my right shoulder, in my back, in my hips, in my left ankle. My body has a long memory that will impact my quality of life as I age. This is what inspires me to try to get on the floor and practice every single day. I get down on the floor and practice now, so I'll still be able to get up from it easily many years from now.