Today’s Reverb 10 prompt comes from Ali Edwards: Moment.Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail: (textures, smells, voices, noises, colors).
Nothing makes you learn to live inside your head and detach from your body more than having your body betray you with chronic illness. The irony is that the real message of illness is to learn to live in -- and love -- your body, but by the time you see this you are so furious that you begin to actively ignore it whenever your pain lets up enough for you to do so. I spent all of 2009 and much of 2010 ignoring and enduring the body.
My spirit still wanted to dance. Sometimes the call was so urgent that I heeded it, only to hit the wall in less time than it took for a song to play out; and even if I managed to outlast song's end, I'd pay for it dearly with sheer exhaustion and a sensation of being weak-kneed and anemic that would last for a whole day.