Losing the ability to do something you've either taken for granted or truly loved doing is a painful thing. There's no way around that feeling. I know. I recently experienced a pretty serious injury - a patellar tendon rupture - that has impacted my independence with day-to-day tasks, halted my ability to drive, and reminded me that I do not have as much control over the events that happen to me as I once thought.
For me, this experience doesn't necessarily mean the end of pursing my passions. It's a speed bump, or traffic jam, that impacts how quickly I make progress towards my aim to be as strong and functionally mobile as possible. I could get angry, or frustrated, or sad (and don't get me wrong, all those feelings have been felt at some point during this experience), but I choose to not let those feelings consume me because I know they don't help me move forward toward my future self.
I'm focusing on the things that will help me grow as a person, a leader, and a coach. I'm learning to ask others for help--something I've never been one to do. I'm learning to delegate projects to my teammates--something I've historically always done myself. I'm also developing a new perspective on training. I'm learning so much more about tissue adaptation from an injury standpoint, which is influencing my view on how the human body adapts to training stresses.
I'm fully committed to getting back to 100%, with an understanding that I was not at 100% when my injury occurred. Everything I'm learning, all the movement drills I'm incorporating into my program, all the people I'm meeting, the relationships I'm strengthening, and the support I'm receiving are experiences that I otherwise may not have had the opportunity to appreciate. How do I stay positive? I focus on the experiences I'm having and the day-to-day progress I'm making. Life is a process. It's not always linear, but there is always progress. That progress is influenced by our mindset and the way in which we respond to the things that happen in our lives. And I'm determined to get the most out of this experience and come out on the other side a better person than I was going in.
- Coach Chris