But about four years ago, I took a bad fall off a mare while jumping. I stuck the landing of a ridiculous jump [=D] but about five strides after I just couldn't get my seat back. So I fell over the mare's shoulder, landed hard on my back, rolled in the direction I thought was away from the horse but was in fact towards her, and then this mare proceeded to run me over. Oh, the pain.
To this day, my back ACHES. Some days I can hardly move, others it's a pretty dull pain that's easy to ignore. It gets better when I ride [the movement, I think, loosens it up] and it gets worse the longer I go without riding.
So while in the break room at work, I'll be talking to a friend about how my back is particularly bothering me today [especially lately since my mare is out of work], and some older lady eavesdropping will laugh about how I "don't know pain yet." O_o Really? And they continue to laugh and joke amongst the other old women while I explain [politely, of course], "I took a pretty bad fall off a horse once, and it messed my back up pretty good."
Yes, I understand that the body will ache as you age, and I respect that. And I don't doubt that these women do ache. But I also understand that because my back is already screwed up, aging for me is going to be a nightmare. If it hurts this bad now, I can only imagine how much it'll hurt 20 years from now. =|
I just don't understand why these older folk will LAUGH at me and make jokes. I'm not a silly little girl, I never have been. The people I work with directly know that. I don't go upstairs and cry and whine about my back. I sit next to a friend and say [to my friend], "Ricci really needs to get better, my back's been killing me lately." And all of a sudden, I find myself clumped with all the whiny teenage girls that I've never been.
Ugh, it just really grinds my gears.