While on the beach this summer, my nephew-in-law and I struck up a conversation about the marathon he ran last January in Walt Disney World. He said he was glad he did it, but then he added, "I hope I never ever feel the way I felt at Mile 23 ever again."
I think it was Mile 23. Maybe it was 22 or 24. But that's not the point. The point is he felt so totally and completely like crap that he never wants to feel that way again.
Oddly, I don't feel that way about my marathon experience although by the time I finished my calves felt shredded. Like carnitas. Yes. My calves had turned into carnitas over the course of 26 miles. They don't tell you that in books like Marathons for Dummies (and anyone who runs a marathon is, in fact, a dummy).
But I do have my own list of ways I never hope to feel again. Here's a sample.
1. I never want to feel the way I felt the first time I went into labor again. I was all YOU'RE KIDDING ME, RIGHT?
2. I never want to feel the way I felt when I had Hepatitis again. Basically you lie on your bed praying for death the whole time.
3. I never want to feel the way I felt that time I got dehydrated and had to go to the hospital for IVs again. It's like a cannon shot went off in my head. And then I started babbling.
What are the ways YOU never hope to feel again?