In a blink of an eye, that something you’re used to do every day is gone. Being able to walk is a privilege – a privilege that is always taken for granted by those who can. Now, this idea has never been so true – appreciating something is difficult to achieve if we’ve never been in a situation where that something no longer exists. Last week, I sprained my left ankle and got my ligament torn. A week after, I wrote this post and thought about the question – is there a bright side to injuries?
I can still remember that sudden rush of pain going from the left ankle up to my spine which left me shivering in pain. The pain was so localized that I just want to embrace myself and lie there on the same ground where I fell. I didn’t want to get up anymore. I was given a first-aid treatment and was rushed to the emergency room. This incident also taught me I should learn how to conduct first-aid treatment, so I know better what to do the next time similar things will happen. The ankle was so swollen and tender. Over the days, bruising and tenderness around the ankle developed. I couldn’t walk.
I am not an athlete. In fact, I am from one. But, I aspire to become one – to run a full marathon. Suddenly, I could no longer join fun runs and practice for this goal. However, depending on how strongly you regard you as an athlete, the psychological impact brought by an injury can be significant.
Is there a bright side to injuries?
First, you may lose your identity…
I come to think about those athletes who injured themselves, and imagine how overwhelming it is that the injury might change their identity. You can no longer run nor perform. In a sudden, your place is either on the sides, or worse, on the bed. You question yourself, “What am I going to do now?”
Second, you may lose self-esteem…
If you get a major part of confidence from the thing you do every day, what happens if it is gone? Walking with crutches in a public place, and all eyes are on you. You feel like you want to get better faster and do what you should be doing, that you can no longer do.
Deal with what is.
Past is past, they say. Sometimes, we think too much about “what could have been” and the “what-ifs” that we are losing so much time and energy – taking the time away from moving on and recovering. Yes, it’s a great stone thrown at the road reaching your dreams. Unfortunately, it is the now. It is the reality and the first thing we must do is to accept it.
Perhaps, the injury teaches you patience. Allow yourself to heal properly and give yourself enough time. I find myself most of the time anxious about getting back to the track, and start training again. However, just like everything else, the healing process can’t be rushed. Go slow because no matter how slow you are, what’s important is you’ll get there.
Look at the bright side.
What I learned from my own experience is that there can also be a bright side to injuries – that if you make the most out of your recovery process, you may come out stronger — both emotionally and physically — on the other side.
If you are also injured, you might as well check out this site for things you can do. No injury should stop you from doing something. https://experiencelife.com/article/facing-down-an-injury/
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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.