No amount of words, comforting or otherwise, can take away the frustration of not being able to do what I desire. Despite being resilient and adaptable, setbacks and injuries continue to teach me patience and humility. My year has been a mixed bag of encounters with many things not going the way I wanted them to. What can I do but keep moving and trust in the process? From bouts of anger and poor attitudes to minor successes and optimism, today was a leap in progress that has me beaming with excitement. I must remind myself to temper my success because I am not back at 100% and pushing too far too fast will result in either new or re-injury. That said, I wanted to take a moment to express to everyone out there suffering from a set back or injury that I know what you are going through and I get how unsettling it can be. I also understand that isolating yourself during this time can add to the emotional stress for coping with the situation. While I’m not exactly back to my desired fitness, I am finally feeling ‘back on the horse.’ My tips to everyone else out there trying to feel or attain the same position,
- Take the time to heal, whether that means getting the right medical care, physio or rest
- Come back slowly; better to err on the conservative side of things than push things too fast and potentially set yourself back more
- Create a supportive community to help you stay sane and give you ample social opportunity outside your normal realm; the healing time will go by much more quickly if you can do this straight away…don’t be afraid to reach out again and again to keep yourself engaged.