Bringing Sweaty Back, Muscles and Mascara

Dear Hamstrings;

I owe you an enormous apology.  I’m so sorry that I used and abused you for most of my pre-teen and teenage years.  While the torture continued well into my early twenties, I  eventually saw the error of my ways.  Now, over 20 years later I humbly regret it and would like to offer up an explanation.

First, I never meant to hurt you.  I did not realize your value and I totally took you for granted!  I wish I could take it all back and treat you with the tender love and care you so properly deserve. As a young gymnast and cheerleader I completely  neglected your needs and I didn’t have a clue that down the road I would actually care about you.

Secondly, I don’t think we were properly introduced from the get go.  Other than needing you for high kicks, dance routines, cheer jumps, stunts and tumbling,  I really never gave you much thought.  I feel so bad and it’s all my fault.

In shame and with great remorse, I hang my head low because I did, I USED you.  For years I used you for your strength which melted into bending and lifting furniture and walking in high heels. I’m so ashamed and feel so guilty.

Unlike my skin and teeth, I was never educated on how to care for you.  Not one single adult I knew ever suggested that I take good care of you.  Shoot, I couldn’t even see you have the time.  I barely even stretched you before activities.  Keep in mind, and this is not an excuse, but in the late 80’s /early nineties the theory was to stretch before a warm up.  I hope you can find it in your fibers to forgive me.

I have worked so hard the last 12 years to be kind and generous to you.  I have babied you and coddled you like an infant. I massage you and rub you down with scented lotion.  I build you up slowly with curls and dead lifts. I’m trying to give you more shape but occasionally I injury you accidentally.   I take full responsibility for your sore attitude.

hams_scr2The truth is, Hammie, you really mean a lot to me.  I want to get to know you better.  I want to take you out in public and show you off.  No more hard feelings ok?  I’m proud of you. I know we have had our ups and downs and that your much older than some of the others out there. But by golly you’re mine and I would be honored if you would give me another chance.  I was wrong to have neglected you and I want to move forward.

hamstringsTogether we can go places; hike mountains, ride bikes, power walk, live life to the fullest!  What do you say?  Please forgive me.

I would like to start fresh this month and dedicate personal one on one time with you each day.  I want to  strengthen our relationship.  I vow to massage you with a foam roller if you agree to forgive me.   With patience and time we can build a beautiful curvature so you will stick out and shine.

I look forward to seeing you in May when you pop out from behind just above my knee.

Forever yours,

Angi

Love your hammies.

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