Here we go again…
Mohs surgery number nine I think?
I live in the skin cancer lottery. So far so good.
I have been playing in the water all my life. I was a high school P.E. teacher. I wore a hat after the age of about 50. Too late.
When I was a 16 year old surfer, the more burn I got, the cooler I was, and I burned. It’s Grandma Cooley’s fault. Irish skin.
All the above is true, and I still love the warm sun on my skin. I’ve been known to frequent a nude beach from time to time.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???
I’m like a smoker who won’t quit. A drinker who won’t stop. Actually, I am a drinker who did stop. You’d think I would have more sense.
I do wear sun block now but it sweats off and I don’t replace it. After 10 miles or so in 90 degree plus heat, nothing matters except making it to the next tent site.
So, I play the lottery, hoping I keep losing. It’s possible, and I tell myself this very often, that the damage is already done. There is nothing I can do about it. That is a half truth.
I rarely burn. Really rarely. I hike the Appalachian Trail. It’s a green tunnel. That helps. At least I’m not spending much time on a board in the ocean or a board on a lake or in a kayak.
Truthfully, it’s my obsession to finish the AT that keeps me off the water. I’m always trading addictions. It’s my lot in life.
A pretty good lot.
I will be 69 next week. I really never thought I would make 45.
I’m a winner. I will keep putting one foot in front of the other.
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