Here's a picture taken on the clifftop walk from Limeslade Bay by Mumbles, Swansea to Rotherslade Bay. After I got MS, I sort of packed in the coarse angling that I used to do and started to do a bit of walking. I figured that it'd work out for my legs a bit like my company's holiday allocation: "Use 'em or loose 'em!" I had the boots, the breathable waterproofs, the hat, the lot. I did walks like that and varrious others many times.
A couple of months back I met up with some colleagues who were sitting about 8 yards away from where I was standing outside a McDonald's. The youngest of them wayved a voucher for a free coffee. At this stage of my disability, I weighed up whether the 8 yard walk over to him was worth the money to be saved: it wasn't ... and I shuffled over to the serving counter. Those with MS know what fatigue is.
It is important before setting out on a journey to plan where you are going. Before one can do that, you have to know where you are / where you are starting from. That sounds so very obvious, it it stupid. Nevertheless, the are many people that embark on much longer journeys than the one in the picture (which is only a couple of miles) and yet they seem to forget where they started from ... and somethimes much of what they encountered along the way.
At this moment in time, that same clifftop walk is beyond my safe capacity (as Dirty Harry famously said, "Every man should know his limitations!"). I am hopeful of regaining enough muscle and endurance to do The Coastal Path again within the next few months.
It is a lovely walk. There are some awsome views. One can look out across The Bristol Channel ... where a neat little story teller spent happy times and where, I believe, the love of his life was born. Here is an essential piece of reading by that said writer; essential for anyone embarking on a journey.
Read. Enjoy. Remember where you came from.