Many of you have been kind enough to complement me on my “good attitude” throughout this injury. Thank you. I’m sure, however, that if you were with me in real life day in/day out, you’d see that I definitely have my low moments. Sometimes, beastly moments. But all-in-all, I have handled this injury much better than past injuries.
Truly, that all comes down to my very conscious decision to not let this injury beat me down. In the past I have wallowed, I have felt sorry for myself, I have thrown things, I have…not been all that fun to be around. I didn’t want to be that way this time.
I’ve been lucky enough to have wonderful examples to follow. A few of my running partners have gone through injuries in the past couple of years and have demonstrated true character and grace in light of it. The biggest example I can draw on is my friend Jess, who even when injured and not able to run Boston, accompanied us there, cheered us on, and enjoyed herself in spite of her situation. Impressive, no?
So this time through, I have tried to be like Jess, and others, as I have moved along. And you know what? You really, truly can control your outlook on something like this. Yes I’ve had my low moments, but they have been few and far between. Overall, I have felt upbeat and positive throughout this experience. And crazy as it sounds…I think a positive attitude also helps your body heal faster. You can call me a granola for saying that, I don’t mind.
I hope you don’t find yourself in my injured shoes any time soon–or ever. But if you do, remember, you can manage quite well with a little bit of a mindset change.
How about it–how have you managed injury if you’ve been there?