Staying strong in the face of a challenge is so much easier said than done. Picture this, first football match of the season (yes, north american friends, I mean soccer), 20 minutes in, jumping up for a header higher than I have in a long time only to land in a crumbled ball with lots of screaming and some not so nice words. You guessed it, I did my ankle in. One trip to emergency later and I’m on crutches and wearing a fashionable new boot.
I have always been the active type. I’ve played football since I was 4 and throughout my younger years I played almost every sport imaginable, often at the same time. I was at school from 7 in the morning until 7 at night. Since then, my life hasn’t stopped. I’m a multi- tasker, a do-er, a thinker, and I like things fast paced.
Work and life are one to me, and suddenly I am presented with the dreaded ‘sick note’. Good right? I don’t have to maneuver stairs or attempt to sit ergonomically while elevating my foot. I get the chance to ‘recover’. But I tell you, it gets old quick. ‘No work’ means that I feel guilty if I spend my time thinking, reading about business, etc. My brain is quickly becoming a mush of unstimulated nonsense. So, after a week of allowing myself to feel miserable, I’ve decided to give myself a challenge. Each day I must spend at least an hour doing something that gets me thinking. Whether that be crafting, reading, life planning, idea generating or whatever else I can come up with.
Have you experienced a sudden illness or disability, short or long term? What were/are your tricks for staying positive?